• House bill would create panel of cyber experts to help DHS

    In today’s Federal Newscast, bipartisan legislation in the House would create a panel of cyber professionals to advise the Department of Homeland Security.

  • IARPA director: Encryption-busting quantum computers still decades away

    The head of the intelligence community’s advanced research agency is looking at new encryption standards that can withstand future breakthroughs in quantum computing.

  • Food and Nutrition Service relies on wisdom of the crowd for new online application

    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.

  • 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.

  • platform recognized for changing how feds solve problems

    The 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

  • Agencies gravitate to low-cost contests as celebrates its first birthday

    In its first year, the website 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.