White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit: Reflections from Our Livestream Host, and Full Recording Now Available!

Jun 12, 2015 |

The second annual DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit was held at GSA headquarters in Washington, DC on May 21. This year’s Summit sold out early to in person attendees, attracted nearly 1,200 folks to sign up, and for the first time a live stream was offered for online viewers across the country. I was honored to serve Read »

Competitions Launch Start-ups and Engage Entrepreneurs

Apr 23, 2015 |

When people hear about challenge competitions, they most often ask about the results. What worked and why did it work? Two great examples are featured on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy site, which include the “needle in the haystack” solvers for a space mass competition and eleven Read »

Opening Government Through Federal Crowdsourcing

Dec 30, 2014 |

Crowdsourcing is a critical corner of the digital government landscape, and our December theme articles have covered the topic from a variety of angles. Before we head into January, where we will discuss upcoming trends on the digital horizon, we sat down to learn more about the evolution and future direction of federal crowdsourcing initiatives Read »

Challenge & Prize Competition Round-Up

Dec 23, 2014 |

Recap of the 2014 Challenge and Prize competition events hosted by DigitalGov Read »

2nd U.S. Public Participation Playbook Draft Responds to Public Contributions

Dec 8, 2014 |

The new second draft of the U.S. Public Participation Playbook incorporates changes that were proposed from nearly 100 suggestions submitted after the first week of public comment, with more improvements to come. We still need your contributions Read »

A New Look at the Freedom of Information Act

Sep 8, 2014 | , , , ,

There are many ways the public can get information from the federal government. For example, you can check out Data.gov to find scores of datasets and APIs, agency websites for information about their work, or other important information in online FOIA Libraries. Or you can also just ask for it. Since 1966, the Freedom of Read »

Big Data, Open Data & the Federal Agencies

Jul 1, 2014 | ,

Open data and big data—and the responsible management and protection of that data—are key components of the President’s agenda to drive innovation and economic growth. On Thursday, June 19, leaders from civil society, industry, academia, and 40 federal departments and agencies met at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute to discuss Read »

Deloitte Analysis: Craft of Incentive Prize Design

Jun 26, 2014 |

Federal challenge and prize competitions are in the news again. Our colleagues across government participated in research that resulted in a new report released June 19 from Deloitte University Press, The Craft of Prize Design: Lessons from the public sector. In the last five years, incentive prizes have transformed from an exotic open innovation tool to Read »

Challenge and Prize Practitioners Gather at GSA

Jun 13, 2014 |

Got innovation? Well, we do! On Wednesday May 28, the Challenge.gov team gathered the Challenges and Prizes Community of Practice together for its quarterly meeting. The group covered two topics: Highlights from challenge competitions run in 2013. Read »

Federal Agencies and the Opportunities and Challenges of Big Data

Jun 9, 2014 |

On June 19, the Obama Administration will continue the conversation on big data as we co-host our fourth big data conference, this time with the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute. The conference, “Improving Government Performance in the Era of Big Data; Opportunities and Challenges for Federal Agencies,” will build on Read »

Overcoming Barriers—DigitalGov Summit Recap

Jun 5, 2014 |

As government innovators, we work to improve public services every day. In essence we are already in a public private partnership. But how can your agency capitalize on existing public private partnerships to engage citizens and enhance services? Four panelists from across government shared their public private partnerships success stories at the DigitalGov Citizen Services Read »

New White House Report: Prize Competition Use Increased 85% in 2013

May 7, 2014 |

We are thrilled to share an update from our competition colleagues at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The third annual comprehensive report detailing the use of prizes and Read »

Defining Ideation in Challenge Competitions

Apr 18, 2014 |

There is some confusion about how “ideation” fits into challenge and prize competitions. Often, we hear from agencies that they would like to ask the public for ideas, to survey them on a specific question, or to request proposals in response to a Read »

Partnerships Can Add Value to Prize Competitions

Oct 21, 2013 |

The right partner can be the key to a successful challenge competition. If you’re planning a challenge for your agency, you’ve probably had to ask: “Do we have the tools and capabilities to pull off this challenge on our own?” Why we form partnerships Often times, the answer is, “no.” But that shouldn’t stop you from Read »