Government is rarely accused of having too much imagination. More often than not, it is spoken of in terms of red tape, stifled creativity, lack of resources, and layers of bureaucracy and old-fashioned legacy thinking. We here at GovLoop know quite well that those perceptions of government are simply outdated and wrong. But if there’s one thing we know at GovLoop, it’s the drive, will and innovative ability of those who choose to serve in government.
In a year that has been turbulent in politics and the changes facing government, the public sector has not wavered when it comes to forging ahead with innovation that better serves the public. And that’s what we’ve chosen to highlight in this, our last guide of the year: The Top 30 Government Innovations of 2017.
Across six areas – cloud computing, cybersecurity, digital customer service, IT modernization, procurement and workforce – we’ve found, at all levels, programs, leaders, technologies and more that are truly changing the face of government. In an era of increasing cyberthreats, workforce changes and uncertainty, these innovations are better serving citizens, creating efficiencies, doing more with less and helping communities.
In this guide, we also highlight statistics across government in terms of workforce, leadership and technology data, as well as pioneers in leadership and innovation from our Next Generation of Government Training Summit, and take a look ahead at what government trends we can expect in 2018.