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.

USDA: A Model for Cost-Savings

Each year the Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds approximately 17 million dollars in transit subsidies for employees across the country to encourage the use of mass transit for commuting purposes in order to reduce … View more

federalregister.gov: The daily newspaper for the government

The Office of the Federal Register, in cooperation with the Government Printing Office, provided bulk access to the source code of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations. This source code in … View more

Department of Transportation: Distracted Driving Initiative

Early in the Obama administration, the Secretary of Transportation identified the need to address the adverse effect of performing a safety-sensitive function in one of the transportation modes while distracted by such things as … View more

Department of Transportation: Use of Web2.0 To Enhance Rulemaking

DOT entereed into an agreement with the Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative (CeRI) to explore the benefits of the use of blogging and other web 2.0 technology to increase public participation — and the effectiveness of … 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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