In today’s Federal Newscast, bipartisan legislation in the House would create a panel of cyber professionals to advise the Department of Homeland Security.
The head of the intelligence community’s advanced research agency is looking at new encryption standards that can withstand future breakthroughs in quantum computing.
Ed Harper, the Food and Nutrition Service’s director of the Office of Program Integrity for Child Nutrition Programs, worked with the Presidential Innovation Fellows to create a new online application prototype for free and reduced lunches.
The General Services Administration is offering $35,000 to the winner of a competition to identify ways for agencies to reduce travel costs.
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.
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.”
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.
The Labor Department gave $68,000 in prizes for applications to help connect unemployed people with job positions.
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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.