A bright 'idea' from DOT

Tuesday - 8/3/2010, 6:00am EDT

The Transportation Department is hoping a new tool drives employees down the Information Superhighway toward better collaboration.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says an online community called "IdeaHub" is designed to let all of DOT's 55,000 employees collaborate with each other.

"With IdeaHub, a Federal Aviation Administration employee in Alaska can offer suggestions about an idea by a Federal Transit Administration worker in Atlanta or vote on an idea by a Federal Highway Administration employee in Arizona," LaHood said in a blog post in early August.

DOT leaders are using the tool to pose thought-provoking questions to employees. LaHood says the first is: "How can DOT help you do your job more effectively?"

"And, believe me," LaHood tells Government Computer News. "The ideas are already pouring in."