A Playbook for CIO-Enabled Innovation in the Federal Government
In the federal government, for example, agencies have begun to designate chief technology officers, chief innovation officers, chief data officers, entrepreneurs-in-residence, and similar roles to promote new approaches to innovation. But because many innovations are rooted in the use of technology, agency Chief Information Officers (CIOs) can play a strong role as well. Furthermore, the new Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act creates a statutory requirement for CIOs to help lead agency IT innovation efforts.
For this report, Drs. Dawson and Denford interviewed nearly a dozen senior leaders, most of whom currently or recently served as Federal CIOs in a wide range of federal agencies. The report identifies how these leaders undertook technology innovation initiatives, such as moving agency operations to a cloud environment. They also distilled a series of recommendations for fostering CIO-enabled innovation in other agencies.
This report builds on the Center’s continuing focus on bringing innovation to government, including:
- Creating a Balanced Portfolio of Information Technology Metrics by Kevin Desouza
- A Guide for Making Innovation Offices Work by Rachel Burstein and Alissa Black
- The Persistence of Innovation in Government: A Guide for Innovative Public Servants by Sandford Borins
We hope this report serves as an inspiration to CIOs and innovators everywhere in government.