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GovLoop’s 20 Innovations that Mattered in 2013 – Did Your Agency Make the List?

Announcing GovLoop’s Latest Resource

“20 Innovations that Mattered in 2013”


The end of the year means two things: setting unrealistic New Year’s resolutions and endless retrospectives. While we can’t force you to put down the cake and pick up a carrot, we can help you to do your job better by highlighting some of the biggest and best innovations to come out of government in the last 365 days.

The past year brought us the Interior Department’s Instagram feed and Colorado’s redesigned website. It also brought us St. Louis’ optimized data analytics that make their city safer and North Carolina’s iCenter that adopted a “try before you buy” policy.

All of these new technologies and tactics saved time and resources, critical outcomes in the current government landscape where budget cuts are making each new purchase risky.

But these were not the only buzzworthy projects for government technology in 2013. In this end-of-year issue, GovLoop analyzed the 20 best innovations in government in four different categories:

  • Mobile Apps Movers and Shakers?
  • Big Data Dynamos
  • Social Media Mavericks
  • Website Wonders

We also asked two of the most innovative Chief Information Officers in the country to don some Google Glass’ In a year where the government shutdown and sequestration brought progress to a screeching halt, many agencies were able to rise above the inauspicious environment and produce groundbreaking and innovative programs.

For instance, when the horrible bombings brought terror to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the local police department sprang into action. They immediately mobilized their forces on the ground. But then they did something else, too. The Boston Police Department took to Twitter. The social media team was informative, timely and, accurate. The BPD flipped the script on emergency media management. They innovated in a time of crisis and got people the information they needed in a timely and appropriate manner.

We know that oftentimes it is hard to see through the budget cuts and government shutdowns, but government innovation is all around us. Our goal with this guide is to showcase programs that are not only making a difference but demonstrate risk and reward.

What did you think was the biggest innovation in 2013? What are you looking forward to most in 2014?

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Thank you to our industry partners for sponsoring the GovLoop Report, 20 Innovations that Matter. With any questions about this report, please reach out to Emily Jarvis, Online Editor, at [email protected]

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Ray MacNeil

Hi Emily,

Why do I have to put in my contact information in order to get this report? There’s no mention of my data being shared with GovLoop partners, but that seems to be the intended result here. If that’s the case, do you think you should make it clear that personal data is being shared outside of GovLoop and with whom?



Erick Emde

My question goes along with Ray’s. Why do they need our contact info? My perspective is mainly that it’s annoying to have my info harvested and generally to little purpose. I generally stop as soon as I see that a site won’t let me read something without collecting my info. Either that or I feed them fake info. I figure that if what I see if compelling enough, I can contact them. But having my inbox stuffed with another newsletter for the privelege of seeing a document of unknown value to me doesn’t seem like that good a deal.


Hey Erick/Ray – Thanks for the feedback. We’ve experimented over time with this concept of registering (for example, used to have to register to read blogs, now they are open. Have to register to see other member profiles, used to be open. Some of our past guides don’t require reg, some of past ones at pathtopmf.com do).

As you both said, it’s a balance – we want to be able to be more targeted, able to follow-up and give folks information they want and relevant to them. But also don’t want it to be too overcomplicated as well.

Thanks for taking the time to comment & definitely adding your thoughts and input.

Ray MacNeil

So where does the info go and what’s it used for (I think you may have answered the 2nd question in your last post).

My main question is, do you share this info with 3rd parties (ie the ones providing the docs)?

Erick Emde

I could see requiring the info to see something if we’re not already registered and logged in, but that’s not the case. You already know who we are. Why ask for the info again?

Is this how govdelivery.com is building its lists? Here’s the info on their home page:

“Build a massive online audience. Reach targeted groups with the right information at the right time to drive action and have agreater, measurable impact on your organization’s mission goals.”

That sounds like a list broker to me. Are they?