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McClure: GSA Office ‘Spark Plug’ for Government Innovation

GSA's Dave McClure, Photo: gsa.gov

Innovation was the watchword when government technology expert Dave McClure delivered his remarks at a recent ACT/IAC Management of Change conference in Hot Springs, Va.

McClure, the associate administrator of the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, said, as the name of his unit implies, innovation starts with his office.

“I think of the office I head up as a spark plug for innovation,” McClure said in his speech, according to Federal Computer Week.

McClure touted Data.gov as “revolutionary,” and indicated that GSA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy could even launch a crowd-sourced Innovation.gov to develop new ideas.

But the silver bullet to success in innovation, McClure suggested, is taking baby steps.

“Do it without all the eyes and ears and expectation on you,” he said, per FCW. “I think large-scale innovation is interesting, but it’s the least successful.”

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