This past year has been quite an active one as we have made great progress advancing our innovation agenda within Massachusetts state government. Highlights include: Launched a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Innovation Fellows (CMIF) Program to nurture and grow a culture of innovation among Commonwealth employees …Continue Reading 2014 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO)
As state government becomes increasingly digital, new and innovative technologies can enhance the Commonwealth’s ability to operate more efficiently. The Commonwealth has partnered with MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator to create the MassIT Government Innovation Competition. The competition gives the Commonwealth access to entrepreneurs …Continue Reading Astra IDentity and CarKnow win the Commonwealth’s First MassIT Government Innovation Prize
In 1997, a new web-based bid solicitation system called Comm-PASS was launched by the Commonwealth. At the time, it was considered cutting edge. Unfortunately as time progressed, Comm-PASS no longer adequately met customer demand. Accordingly, the Operational Services Division (OSD) sought to create something better. …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Provides New Web Platform for Commonwealth Businesses/Government Commerce
One of the core components of the Commonwealth’s Innovation approach is to encourage a culture of innovation at all levels of government. Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) Grants are competitively awarded to municipal governments who seek to change the way they do business. Lieutenant Governor Murray …Continue Reading Community Innovation Challenge: Incenting Creativity at the Local Level
“Tree limb snapped, hanging on phone wires,” “Pedestrian street signs are down,” and “Pothole on Smith St” are common concerns reported each day to local governments across the United States. But instead of a requiring a phone call, a letter, or an in-person trip, these …Continue Reading Commonwealth Citizens Connect: Using Technology to Create Dialogue Between Residents and Government
Businesses interact with the Commonwealth every single day on a variety of matters – from accessing resources to understanding obligations and regulations. In dialoguing with business owners, we found that some business owners knew exactly which persons and programs to contact within the state, easily …Continue Reading One-Stop Business Portal Launches
First came “WebFile for Income”, the Commonwealth’s online system which thousands of taxpayers will use to file their state returns this year. Now comes WebFile for your smartphone. The Department of Revenue developed the free WebFile mobile app for iPhone and Android smartphone users to …Continue Reading DOR’s “WebFile for Income” Tax Mobile App Available for Refund Program
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