Abstract: The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is a Bureau within the Department of Commerce. NTIS provides innovative data services to federal agencies, through joint venture partnerships with the private sector, to advance federal data priorities, promote economic growth, and enable operational excellence. NTIS operates under a unique joint venture authority that allows it to move quickly, bringing industry-leading partners to government agency customers at the velocity of the government's needs. NTIS has operationalized design thinking and applied data science into its operating model to accelerate time to value by front loading the important project discovery and definition process- together with the private sector. In this session, Bureau head Avi Bender will share both the challenges and successes of this innovative business model.