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GSA Issues Crowdsourcing Challenge for Tool to Track Federal Travel Spending

GSAThe General Services Administration has launched a crowdsourcing challenge via YouTube for a tool to track travel spending data, which will be used to identify cost-cutting opportunities across the government, FedScoop reported Tuesday.

Colby Hochmuth writes the challenge also requires recommendations for reducing federal spending on travel using insights from the collected data.

“The purpose for this information is to gain an understanding of what the government could do with additional data elements, if those data elements were to be collected by agencies,” GSA said.

According to Anne Rung, associate administrator for the Office of Government-wide Policy, the technology is also expected to highlight spending transparency and accountability.

The tool should be in open source code and housed online to enable updates and should be interactive and have visual display of data and an analysis function, the report said.

Submissions are due by April 11 and the winner will receive $35,000, according to FedScoop.

Rung, Acting CIO Sonny Hashmi, GSA Federal Acquisition Service’s Tim Burke and other GSA employees will choose the winner.

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  1. Really interesting Elizabeth, thanks​!​

    I think that you would be really interested in some recent research that I have come across explaining crowds, open innovation, and citizen science.​ ​In particular I feel you may find these two emerging pieces of research very relevant:

    – The Theory of Crowd Capital
    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2193115

    – The Contours of Crowd Capability
    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2324637

    And you may also enjoy this blog about the same too:
    https://thecrowdsociety.jux.com/

    Powerful stuff, no?

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