Innovation

Service to America Awards Honor VA Medical Center Director, Other Exemplary Federal Employees

Six winners among 26 finalists will be recognized at the “Oscars of government service.”

How the U.S. Census Kickstarted America's Computing Industry

By 1880, the population count had become a mind-numbingly boring, error-prone, clerical exercise of a magnitude rarely seen.

The Postal Service is Exploring Big Ideas for Small Drones

Unmanned aircraft could transport packages across tough terrains and inform future initiatives to introduce autonomous vehicles.

NavalX Innovation Office Really Wants the Navy to Be More Agile

The office is expanding to more cities and publishing iterative playbooks that are as agile as the gospel they preach.

The Evolution of Learning Could Boost AI

The evolution of learning could help lay groundwork for better artificial intelligence.

Why Are Scientists So Excited about a Recently Claimed Quantum Computing Milestone?

To understand, we need to go back to conventional, or digital, computers.

GAO Center to Educate Congress on the Big Picture of Future Tech

The Center for Strategic Foresight plans to give lawmakers a broad sense of what’s coming in the future.

A New Joystick For the Brain-Controlled Vehicles Of the Future

An innovative sensor strip promises a far better way to connect human brains to machines.

Lawmakers Intro Bill to Enhance Not-Yet-Revived Office of Technical Assessment

A group of House and Senate lawmakers want the office to be more responsive and transparent, assuming funding to reinstate it gets through the appropriations process.

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FDA Unveils Next Step on its Journey to Develop a Safer Food System

Insiders say it’s time to leverage emerging technologies and innovative approaches to strengthen and protect food traceability across America.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Eyes Tech Sprints to Accelerate Advancements

The hope is to rapidly identify technological solutions for the agency’s toughest problems. 

The Air Force Will Start Work on Flying Cars This Fall

It’s about replacing the V-22, eventually. But it’s also about finding new ways to harness commercial innovation.

How Silicon Valley Maintains its Competitive Edge

Historian Margaret O’Mara talks about her new book The Code and how Silicon Valley has maintained its competitive edge in high tech.

GEAR Center’s First Projects Focus on Government’s Perennial Workforce Issues 

The research center’s first challenge winners aim to fill government openings with alternative talent and beef up the workforce’s data skills.  

Air Force to Spend $31M to Research How Lasers, Energy Weapons Affect Operators

The service awarded a research contract to General Dynamics IT to gain insights into how directed energy weapons affect the humans using them.

For DOD, Innovation Isn’t the Problem. So What Is?

Three officials from varying military offices focused on innovation asserted that the department’s research and development game is strong, it’s the follow-through that causes problems.