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GSA offers cash for ideas to reduce federal travel costs

The General Services Administration is offering $35,000 to the winner of a competition to identify ways for agencies to reduce travel costs.

Tags: technology , GSA , travel , industry , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 10:11am EST

Challenge.gov platform recognized for changing how feds solve problems

The Challenge.gov platform Thursday received the prestigious Harvard Innovations in American Government award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. It beat out 600 other entrants to be the first federal winner of the award since 2003.

Tags: management , GSA , White House , OSTP , John Holdren , Dan Tangherlini , Harvard Kennedy School of Government , Stephen Goldsmith , competition , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/24/2014, 09:25am EST
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White House touts success of agency 'challenges'

Increasingly, agencies are using a tool at their disposal. Instead of issuing RFP's, they're issuing challenges. And according to a new report from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, agencies that have jumped on the challenge bandwagon have begun to "reap the rewards of well-designed prizes integrated into a broader innovation strategy."

Tags: challenges , OSTP , Air Force Research Laboratory , HHS , GSA

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 06:18pm EDT

Energy app contest to help turn electric bill into energy-saving guide

The energy department announced a new "challenge" for software developers: Create new applications allowing people to download data detailing how — and how much — they use energy. The Apps for Energy contest, which offers $100,000 in prizes to winning developers, is part of the Green Button Initiative.

Tags: Energy , technology , Cammie Croft , Apps for Energy , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 04/09/2012, 09:46pm EDT
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HUD, VA team with rocker Bon Jovi on app contest to help homeless vets

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, along with W. Scott Gould, the deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs, announced the launch of Project REACH — short for Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless. Singer Jon Bon Jovi, who chairs the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in New Jersey and is also a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, was also on hand for the announcement.

Tags: HUD , VA , veterans , homelessness , W. Scott Gould , Peter Levin , Jonah Czerwinski , Jon Bon Jovi , Shaun Donovan , Aneesh Chopra ,

Monday - 03/19/2012, 09:41pm EDT

Labor gives cash awards for job help apps

The Labor Department gave $68,000 in prizes for applications to help connect unemployed people with job positions.

Tags: Labor , innovation , apps , technology , Hilda Solis

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 05:15pm EDT

Agencies gravitate to low-cost contests as Challenge.gov celebrates its first birthday

In its first year, the website Challenge.gov let agencies add public contests as a low-cost way to find innovative solutions to their problems. Officials at the General Services Administration, which runs the site, say challenges offer a lower-cost alternative to procurement or grants and speak to a different audience. GSA would like to see challenges standardized across the government in the coming year — but worry that the site may lose funding.

Tags: management , David McClure , e-government , Kathy Conrad , robynn sturm-steffen , GSA , technology , innovation , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 10/06/2011, 05:38am EDT
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Thursday morning federal headlines - Oct. 6

The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

Tags: Federal Drive , Federal Drive newscast , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , William Lynn , DoD , DHS , TRICARE

Thursday - 10/06/2011, 08:25am EDT

The challenges to leading challenges

Learn more about how the government is increasingly turning to challenges

Tags: DorobekInsider , newscast , Technologies , challenges , Mannakee Circle Group , Brad Rourke

Thursday - 09/09/2010, 07:13pm EDT
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How can cloud computing help people with disabilities?

A really cool interview for you this week about a cloud computing contest the Federal Communications Commission is running. Federal News Radio’s Amy Morris and Tom Temin spoke with Pam Gregory, Director of the FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative. Gregory told Federal News Radio the FCC recognizes that “cloud is the future” and leveraging its [...]

Tags: cloud computing , FCC , Federal News Radio , Pam Gregory

Tuesday - 11/02/2010, 06:45pm EDT
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