US Department of Commerce
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Innovation and Operational Efficiency (IOE) program exemplifies operational excellence. Begun in 2010 by former Census Bureau Director Robert Groves, the program has resulted in nearly $46 million in combined savings and cost avoidance to U.S. taxpayers. The idea behind IOE is to leverage employee creativity and innovation toward cost savings and operational efficiency. As of 2016, the Census Bureau has funded 106 projects based on over 2,100 submissions.
Data, you might say, is the innovation currency of the Digital Age. Data solutions surround us – like when we’re in the backseat of an Uber browsing LinkedIn while the driver uses Waze for the best route while streaming Pandora on the radio. Every day innovators are using public and private data to dream up and deliver new customer solutions. And we’re just at the beginning.