GSA Web site to host agency competitions currently available only to federal employees

The General Services Administration has launched, a Web site dedicated to hosting federal agency competitions to showcase innovation. currently is available to federal employees only at no charge. Starting in September, it will be open to the public, according to GSA.

“ is a new platform that allows federal agencies to post challenges, and at the same time, allows the public to find federal challenges,” GSA statement said. “It's now open to federal agencies to create challenges or showcase challenges from other platforms.”

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Federal agencies are currently using to hold internal competitions for innovative ideas. Later this year, the public will be allowed to show support for the government challenges; discuss and post solutions related to the challenges; share challenge information via e-mail and social media; and sort the challenges by schedule, prize, popularity, topic and agency, GSA said.

GSA in April issued a request for information for a no-cost government software platform. Eight organizations responded, and GSA selected ChallengePost Inc., of New York City.


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Tue, Aug 17, 2010 Jaime Gracia Washington, DC

Perhaps this project can be used as a pilot to help integrate some of the functionality of collaboration and increased communications tools into FBO (

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