Success Stories

The following success stories were submitted by agencies in response to a Conference Call to Action, where they were asked to identify an area of strength they believe could serve as a model for other government agencies, as well as programs or practices at other agencies that they wish they could replicate in their own agency. These submissions will be considered for the Walter Gellhorn Innovation Award, to be presented annually at the Conference’s plenary session. The purpose of sharing these success stories on www.acus.gov/bestpractices is two-fold: 1. To serve as an information-sharing, data collection and communication tool for federal, state and local agencies; and 2. To uncover innovation that exists and attempt to duplicate it at other agencies.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration/Outreach Effort to Promote the Updated Hazard Communication Standard

On March 26, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule to align the Agency’s Hazard Communication standard (HCS) with the U.N. Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of … View more

Department of Agriculture/Substituting Telework for Transit Subsidies

Per the 2012 Status of Telework in the Federal Government Report, published by the Office of Personnel Management, it is reported that among those Federal employees who teleworked, 31% did so once per week, … View more

Department of Energy/Improving the Development and Use of Categorical Exclusions

Between 2009 and 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) implemented a series of related reforms to enhance the transparency and effectiveness of its use of categorical exclusions to comply with the National Environmental … View more

Department of Health and Human Services/HealthData.Gov

The HHS website, HealthData.Gov located at http://healthdata.gov/incorporates non-federal data into the website.  The HHS data site is unlike a number of other federal databases established pursuant to the President’s Open Government Initiative.  More specifically, other … View more

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Success Stories Defined

Agency officials have submitted their success stories in response to a Model A survey requesting innovative ideas that meet the some or all of the following criteria:

-Degree of Innovation
-Cost Savings to the Government and/or the Public
-Ability to Replicate Project or Initiative at other Agencies
-Reduction of Unnecessary Duplication
-Transparency
-Efficiency
-Customer Service
-Streamlining or Enhancing Public Participation in the Regulatory Process

These submissions will also be submitted to our esteemed judges for the Annual Walter Gellhorn Innovation Award.

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