DOL using ‘Innovation Incubator’ approach to Emerging Tech

“The Department of Labor (DOL) is continuing to experiment with new and emerging technologies by testing out standards for privacy and security on a smaller scale before mass implementation. As a part of this effort, the agency’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) has established an Innovation Incubator to ensure the adoption of game-changing technology is fully operationalized, said Krista Kinnard, chief of Emerging Technologies at the OCIO for DOL, during an FCW webinar on September 14…”

“This is where the Innovation Incubator comes into place, she said. Before implementing or deploying any emerging technology, OCIO follows the following phases as part of their Innovation Incubator strategy:

  • Phase 1 Discovery: OCIO officials must first determine and clearly define the problem they are trying to resolve, as well as identify the required stakeholders and define the success criteria;
  • Phase 2 POC: OCIO must determine if and what emerging technology will solve the problem, and explore potential enterprise-level applications;
  • Phase 3 Pilot: OCIO officials must explore a pilot program with a group of end-users, and plan for enterprise capability.
  • Phase 4 Scale: Finally, OCIO must scale for use by all end-users, and develop and implement enterprise capability…” Read the full article here.

Source: Labor Dept. Using ‘Innovation Incubator’ Approach to Emerging Tech – By Lisbeth Perez, September 14, 2021. MeriTalk.


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