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Jonah Czerwinski blogs about VAi2’s second BAA focuses on leveraging the best ideas from the private sector. We’ve got a new web-based process, a new website, five new topics, and up to $100M for innovations that improve access, enhance quality, drive down costs, and increase customer satisfaction among our Veterans. We’re very excited to get started.
The move to transition VAi2 into the VA Center for Innovation (VACI) this year reflects a commitment to fostering a culture of creativity and determination to make life better for our Veterans, their families, and their survivors. This commitment is rooted in a belief that a large organization benefits from maintaining a disciplined process for tapping the talent and expertise of those on its front lines and outside its walls....
Jonah Czerwinski, director of the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Innovation (VACI), recently received a call from a stranger. This cold call came from the director of a startup interested in gamifying depression therapy, using game mechanics to engage users. Czerwinski receives calls like this daily, and that’s no accident; it is a direct result of VACI’s ability to clearly define a problem on the horizon and remain open to any response from anywhere.
Washington D.C. - The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) is pleased to announce that Jonah Czerwinski has joined the CSPC Board of Counselors. - See more at: http://www.thepresidency.org/blog/jonah-czerwinski-joins-cspc-board-counselors
Statement for the record by Jonah Czerwinski for House Subcommittee hearing entitled "Partnering with the Private Sector to Secure Critical Infrastructure: Has the Department of Homeland Security Abandoned the Resilience-based Approach?"
"The move to transition VAi2 into the VA Center for Innovation (VACI) this year reflects a commitment to fostering a culture of creativity and determination to make life better for our Veterans, their families, and their survivors. This commitment is rooted in a belief that a large organization benefits from maintaining a disciplined process for tapping the talent and expertise of those on its front lines and outside its walls...."
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VA transitions the VA Innovation Initiative, or VAi2, into a more permanent VA Center for Innovation (VACI). VACI Director Jonah Czerwinski explains how the new VACI -- a sort of venture team inside the largest civilian government agency -- operates, how it defines success, and who some of its main backers are.
The VA has expanded its efforts to eliminate homelessness among Veterans with Project REACH. Short for “Real-Time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless,” it is a competition that challenges software designers to create smartphone and Web apps to place community resources for homeless veterans and those who want to help them within instant reach.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs also gains from the partnership. Jonah Czerwinski, director of the VA’s Center for Innovation, said that iFAB supports the VA’s goal of “finding new ways of providing veterans with resources that help them serve an important role in America’s economy.”