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  • Posted by David Wilkinson on April 25, 2015 at 2:37 PM


  • Posted by Jenn Gustetic and Celestine Warren on April 22, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Participants in a variety of Federal fellowship programs bring enthusiasm, new ideas, and fresh perspectives to Federal departments and agencies every day. Last week, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) convened a workshop to teach 100 current participants in Federal fellowship programs how to apply creative 21st-century tools to their fellowship projects, and to use these tools to inspire and ignite innovation in government.



  • Posted by Megan Smith, Doug Rand on April 21, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith sends a message to the White House email list, highlighting the first-ever White House Demo Day.



  • Posted by Jennifer Lee on April 21, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    On April 20, OSTP and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the 2015 Patents for Humanity award winners for a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Patents for Humanity, which was launched at the White House in February 2012, is a USPTO program that recognizes innovators who use pioneering technology to confront humanitarian challenges.



  • Posted by Aviva Aron-Dine on April 21, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Last week the Departments of Labor and Education published the draft regulations implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). These proposed regulations, and the underlying WIOA legislation, will improve our Nation’s public workforce system by strengthening coordination and accountability. One of their most exciting features is that they would require States to produce standardized, easily-understandable “scorecards.” What that means is that – for the first time – workers choosing among different training programs that receive WIOA funding will be able to easily compare them on criteria that matter, like how much the program costs, the percent of participants who actually complete the program, and the average earnings of participants.



  • Posted by Aviva Aron-Dine on April 17, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Last night, the Senate passed H.R.2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, with overwhelming bipartisan support, following House passage of the bill with overwhelming support three weeks ago. Not only will the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 reform Medicare’s physician payment system to incentivize quality and value and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, it also includes a two-year extension of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (“Home Visiting”). The Home Visiting program, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, funds States, territories, and tribal entities to develop and implement voluntary, evidence-based home visitation programs in which families that choose to participate receive advice, guidance, and other help from nurses, social workers, or other trained professionals during pregnancy and the first years of a child’s life.



  • Posted by David Wilkinson on March 11, 2015 at 1:11 PM


  • Posted by Cecilia Muñoz on March 3, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Dave Wilkinson steps forward to serve as the new Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.



  • Posted by Maya Shankar on February 9, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    This month marks one full year since the launch of the first-ever Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST), which was created in response to the President’s call to make government programs more effective and efficient. SBST had a successful first year, launching a wide variety of evidence-based pilots. To mark the one-year anniversary of SBST, the team met with President Obama last Friday.



  • Posted by Dipayan Ghosh and Eric Lightner on January 6, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    As the nation’s electric infrastructure is modernized, it is critically important to ensure that the collection of data is performed in a manner that yields the greatest benefits for consumers, while continuing to rigorously protect their privacy. The new Voluntary Code of Conduct for utilities and third parties will help protect consumer energy data.