Data.gov, Challenge.gov, and USASpending.gov go hand-in-hand as powerful tools to support the Administration’s open government efforts. Data.gov helps federal agencies open their information and data to the public. It allows citizens to harness vast amounts of government data ranging from seismic activity trends to energy usage. Challenge.gov is a venue for agencies to tap into the collective wisdom of the public and draw out the best and brightest ideas for solving the nation’s challenges. So far, 36 agencies have issued 116 challenges that have helped make buildings greener, prepare communities for disasters, create mobile apps, and better deliver humanitarian relief. And this year, USASpending.gov was updated to include new features and functionality that improve public transparency about federal spending and allow taxpayers to see exactly how their money is being spent.
In addition to GSA’s online open government efforts, we are committed to increasing our outreach efforts to small businesses, partnering with over 260 small firms through our Business Breakthrough Program conferences. In seven major cities across the country, attendees have learned first hand from GSA subject matter experts from the Public Buildings Service and Federal Acquisition Service about the intricacies of GSA procurement culture and how to successfully compete for government contracts.
When President Barack Obama challenged federal agencies to increase transparency, participation, and collaboration with the public, GSA eagerly stepped forward. Open government is much more than releasing information; it’s about harnessing the skills and talents of the American people, establishing greater collaboration among federal agencies, and ensuring that the taxpayer’s money is wisely spent. GSA is doing this in remarkable ways, and we will continue to advance open government principles within our enterprise and across government.
For more information on GSA’s open government initiatives, please visit www.gsa.gov/open