VA Innovation (VACI)
The VACI team bids farewell this week to , founding Director since 2010. We’re sorry to see him go, but congrats to @TheAdvisoryBd!
VA employees are invited to identify the most important challenges that, if solved, will meaningfully increase quality, improve access, increase Veteran satisfaction, and lower costs of meeting the needs of Veterans, their dependents, and caregivers.
This year’s competition takes on a new format:
· Phase 1 – September 9 through September 16 – Challenge Identification: During this phase, all VA employees may submit, comment, and vote on the most important challenges we can solve in service to Veterans and taxpayers.
· Phase 2 – Launching late 2013 – Solution Generation: VA employees are invited to propose the best ways to solve those top challenges selected from Phase 1.
Use your VA login credentials to join the 2013 Employee Innovation Competition now. We want your ideas!
Secretary Shinseki created the predecessor of the Center for Innovation, the VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2), in 2010 as part of his strategy for transforming VA into a 21st-century organization that is people-centric, results-driven, and forward-looking.
In its first years, VAi2 held competitions for the private sector and the VA employee population to source new ideas and innovations to solve some of the organization’s most pressing challenges. So far, six employee challenges and three industry competitions have garnered nearly 19,000 ideas, more than 135 of which were selected.
Because of the track record and momentum of VAi2, in 2012 Secretary Shinseki transitioned VA’s innovation effort from an initiative to a more permanent entity, creating VA’s Center for Innovation (VACI).
Now, VACI comprises programs and competitions that provide a forum for innovators in the federal government, academia and the private sector to test ideas and contribute solutions that increase Veterans’ access to benefits, improve the quality of services, enhance satisfaction with VA, and control the cost of delivering those services.