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Innovations that Mattered in 2016

No doubt, 2016 was a year for the record books. There were incredible innovations, such as NASA’s creation of the “warp drive” and the opening of the brand-new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

However, there were also a few challenges. Major legislative slowdowns, cyber breaches and fiscal constraints all led to a particularly challenging year. And you might have heard about the presidential election. In short, 2016 was a challenge.

But as we know, when there are challenges, there are real opportunities for innovations. In this, GovLoop’s final guide of the year, we’ll explore nine areas of innovation in government in 2016. These innovations and innovators run the gamut from big data and analytics to leadership development and diversity. Our innovation areas include:

  1. Cybersecurity Superstars
  2. Personnel Reformers
  3. IT Modernization Mavericks
  4. aaS Models Implementers
  5. Diversity and Inclusion Providers
  6. Leadership and Development All-Stars
  7. Citizen Engagement Enhancers
  8. Procurement Powerhouses
  9. Internet of Things (IoT) Innovators

To fully study the implications of each of these innovation sections, GovLoop’s team culled through our past interviews, guides, blog posts and much more to find the biggest department improvements, program advancements and personnel changes. We marked how each is changing the way government operates from logistical and cultural aspects.

We showed you how small bets and small risks are transforming governments from California to Maine. They are changing the way we protect networks, people and critical infrastructure. And they are not only making the government a good place to work, but a good place for citizens to get information and services, too. So let’s get started!