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GSA’s Challenge.gov Site Named a Top Innovation in Government

GSA’s own Challenge.gov, an online challenge platform, was just named one of the 2012 Top 25 Innovations in Government by the Harvard Kennedy School of Business.

"Challenge platforms" such as Challenge.gov are the software tools that provide a forum for seeking customers to post the problem or call to action, and invite a community of solvers to suggest, collaborate on, and/or judge solutions. They allow the government to crowdsource solutions to problems in a contest format, bringing diversity in solutions and contributors. This is a pay-for-performance model that saves money on key initiatives and broadly drives innovation within and beyond government.   

Challenge.gov is administered by GSA in partnership with ChallengePost--a website that enables government agencies and software companies to invite the public to solve problems--and empowers the Government and the public to bring the best ideas and top talent to bear on our nation’s most pressing challenges. This platform is the latest milestone in GSA’s commitment to use prizes and challenges to promote innovation.

The GSA MAS team would like to point out that there are currently contractors on the Advertising and Integrated Marketing Solutions (AIMS) Schedule 541 that can help other federal agencies create their own "challenges and competitions" under Special Item Number (SIN) 541-4G.  

A little background about why this SIN was created: The America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act (i.e., the America COMPETES Act) requires GSA to offer governmentwide services to share best practices and assist agencies in developing guidelines for issuing prize competitions. In particular, the act called for GSA to create a contract vehicle to provide agencies access to relevant products and services, including technical assistance in structuring and conducting prize competitions to take maximum benefit of the marketplace as they identify and pursue prize competitions to further the policy objectives of the Government. The SIN for Challenges and Competition was created in response to this requirement and works in coordination with the Challenge.gov website.

GSA considers this SIN an all-hands-on-deck approach to stimulating innovation, and customers who use this schedule can expect a further blossoming of new ideas from citizen solvers across the land.

For more information about Advertising and Integrated Marketing Solutions (AIMS) Schedule 541 visit:

http://www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov/ElibMain/sinDetails.do?scheduleNumber=541&specialItemNumber=541+4G&executeQuery=YES

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