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OGIO Annual Report 2013 (A)

The last year has been productive and exciting for the Patrick administration as we have moved forward on our innovation agenda within Massachusetts state government.

During Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13), the following activities were completed:

  1. Assessed needs and “opportunities for innovation” among the Commonwealth executive branch agencies;
  2. Created guiding principles (the 10 A’s), which articulate innovation themes for inclusion in all activities and projects;
  3. Identified, supported and implemented an initial set of innovation projects to advance the Commonwealth innovation agenda;
  4. Conducted training sessions (through various formats and media) to communicate the importance of innovation and to propagate “innovation DNA” throughout the Commonwealth executive branch; and,
  5. Created innovation communication channels across Social Media platforms to promote Commonwealth innovation activity.

In FY14, we are targeting the completion of additional innovation projects which will further advance the Commonwealth’s innovation agenda.

The recently published 2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO) describes the above activities in greater detail:

(If you print the document, please print in landscape orientation rather than portrait orientation.)

We are also pleased that we completed the procurement of our web-based innovation crowdsourcing tool (which we are internally referring to as iCatalyst, the Massachusetts innovation engine). iCatalyst will provide a mechanism for us to effectively solicit, organize and prioritize innovative ideas from a variety of internal and external constituencies. We are currently in the process of planning and rolling out early projects on the iCatalyst platform. More information will be coming in the near future as we proceed on this front.

We look forward to further progress on this journey, as we foster continuous innovation for a more productive Commonwealth.

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Government Innovation Officer

Antonio M. Parham (“Tony”) is an experienced executive, with a track record of leading high profile initiatives. He is a strategic planner and self-starter, proficient at business plan creation, partnership development, new venture creation, assembling high performance teams, managing extended virtual teams and program management. He is an insightful leader, strategic management consultant, digital marketing and e-business maven, executive coach, product manager, business partner liaison and charismatic public speaker.

As Government Innovation Officer (GIO) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Tony advises the Governor, Secretary for Administration and Finance, executive branch leaders and other stakeholders on identifying, funding and managing execution of high impact business change projects. As the first chief innovation officer for the Commonwealth, the GIO is accountable for improving internal government efficiencies and for the improved experience of outside stakeholders such as residents, businesses and local governments.

Tony has 30-plus years’ experience of business and technology leadership across a wide range of business sizes, from startups to large enterprises. Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Master of Science Degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management) and the University of Southern California (Master of Science Degree in Computer Science), his career has bridged the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors.

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