The U.S. DOT thus decided to use a relatively novel method, a prize, to undertake a new program to develop new applications, devices, products, business solutions, and a range of services that improve transportation’s role in safety and quality of life. The DOT believes that there are new approaches, partnerships and devices for using DSRC that innovators among the broader public can and will devise, if they are called to participate. In this spirit, on January 24, 2011, the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) launched a challenge on challenge.gov called the “Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge”. The idea submission portion of the challenge will end on May 1, 2011.
Regulation Room (www.regulationroom.org) is an innovative pilot program between the Department of Transportation and researchers from Cornell University’s Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative (CeRI) that allows the general public to comment on and discuss proposed Federal rules through a transparent and intuitive online social platform.
Over the past year, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has laid the foundation for making high-value data more readily available by leveraging Data.gov. Making data more available is not a simple process. It requires coordination from all levels of the Department to ensure that security, privacy and confidentially are all protected. DOT has worked diligently to lay the policy and guidance framework to make this happen over the last year.
Over six months later, we can say that IdeaHub really works! Since launch more than 2,400 ideas, 33,000 ratings on those ideas, and 7,500 comments have been submitted by DOT employees. To date, the DOT has also sponsored four idea challenges that have focused employee’s collaborative brainstorming efforts on issues ranging from environmental sustainability to emergency preparedness. Many highly rated ideas as determined by DOT employees have been implemented or are moving towards implementation.
During FY 2010, the DOT made good progress in applying the presumption of openness, making proactive disclosures, and ensuring that DOT has systems in place to effectively respond to FOIA requests. In addition, DOT reduced its backlog of initial FOIA requests by 38 percent and its backlog of FOIA administrative appeals by 12 percent. You can read more in our 2010 Freedom of Information Act Report and our 2011 Chief FOIA Officer’s Report.