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About The Lab

The Lab - Acquisition Innovation








The Lab is a DOC forum designed to facilitate the use of innovative and underutilized acquisition techniques and smart program management tools throughout the acquisition and program lifecycle.  The Lab provides a safe environment to explore new ideas, share lessons learned, and promote best practices. It provides a catalyst for institutionalizing changes that promote innovation and managed risk-taking through iterative review, analysis, and refinement of techniques.

The Lab’s strategic objectives aspire to create greater efficiencies and improve effectiveness across the Department’s acquisition system and foster an environment and culture conducive to smart, innovative risk taking.  In addition, the Lab seeks to support the return on investment of taxpayer dollars across the Federal Government.

The goal of the Lab is to promote and support the Big ”A” concept by educating, inspiring, supporting, and fostering collaboration among the acquisition team to achieve the following objectives:

Our Guiding Principles












2022 Report on the Lab

The Lab Report (July 2022).pdf

The Innovation Council

Census Carrie Lopez Carrie.M.Lopez@census.gov
ES Lauren Gueye LGueye@doc.gov
FirstNet Claire Rotruck Claire.Rotruck@FirstNet.gov
NIST Forest Crumpler Forest.Crumpler@nist.gov
NIST Derek Greene Derek.Greene@nist.gov
OAM Todd Hill THill1@doc.gov
NOAA Pierre Smith Pierre.S.Smith@noaa.gov
NOAA Robert "Darryl" Frazier Robert.Frazier@noaa.gov
OAM Elliott Jones EJones4@doc.gov
OAM Marcelle Loveday MLoveday@doc.gov
USPTO Alan Elder Alan.Elder@uspto.gov
NOAA Mark B. Miller Mark.B.Miller@noaa.gov 
OAM Dan Bare DBare@doc.gov



Do you have questions for the Innovation Council?

Contact us here: TheLab@doc.gov




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