2015 Bright Idea
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Innovations in American Government Awards

IdeaBox is an initiative developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to transform great ideas from employees into impactful projects that are successfully implemented at the agency. It provides a collaborative platform for all agency employees, regardless of level or geography, to share ideas on how to further the agency’s mission of improving the financial lives of consumers as well as enhance Bureau operations. The staff leading IdeaBox routes the best ideas through decision-making channels to fruition, emphasizes implementation, and works to thoroughly develop ideas with internal stakeholders and subject-matter experts before they reach the desks of executives. The program has crowdsourced and incubated over 100 ideas, ranging from policy interventions to organizational efficiency improvements. To facilitate replication at other government agencies, the IdeaBox team has shared online its operating plan and technology source code.