GSA Platform Will Generate Ideas for Improving Government

Tuesday - 6/15/2010, 7:17pm EDT

A new online platform from the General Services Administration is helping federal agencies generate creative ideas for improving government while also improving openness and transparency, a White House directive. GSA officials say the Innovation Challenges Platform provides agencies with a way to lower the barriers for government's use of prizes and challenges by providing a platform at no cost that simplifies the public engagement process for both agencies and the public.

It allows the public to suggest and discuss solutions to government problems.

The platform is currently being used for AppsforHealthyKids.com.

Director of new media and citizen engagement at the agency Bev Godwin says, there are a lot of different benefits that agencies can derive from such challenges, one of the most important being that they only pay for the solution.