Innovation isn’t always about invention—it’s also about improving effectiveness. Accelerating innovation and federal government efficiency will require leaders to work across their organizations in new ways. In this article, we highlight approaches to harness the power of individuals at all levels, establishing processes that make ideas a reality more quickly, and using enabling technologies to fuel government efficiency.
Encouraging innovation across the organization, creating processes that support idea development and enabling access to digital tools may not transform an agency. However, they will establish the building blocks federal employees require to better use innovation to address public sector challenges. With leadership commitment and openness to new ideas and approaches, agencies can make innovation part of their culture, explore new ways to operate more efficiently and effectively, and deliver public service for the future.