/ by Katie Edmonds

This crowdsourcing site is administered by the United States General Services Administration, an independent agency of the Executive. is a partnership between the GSA and ChallengePost that:

"empowers the U.S. Government and the public to bring the best ideas and top talent to bear on our nation’s most pressing challenges. This platform is the latest milestone in the Administration’s commitment to use prizes and challenges to promote innovation" (source).

Based on the 2009 Strategy for American Innovation and supported by a 2010 Office of Management and Budget memorandum promoting transparency and collaboration in government agencies, the administration made the ChallangePost platform available for federal departments and programs.

Since then, the platform has been used to submit public calls to action. Today an app currently in development was awarded funding in the Apps Against Abuse Category. The Circle of 6 app, developed by Oakland, CA based nonprofit Isis makes it easy for users to immediately contact a select group of friends when they need help or advise.

Considering the track record of innovation in US government, this partnership between government and industry on a small scale is both successful and inventive.