GSA, OMB Seeking Ideas to Address Federal Challenges via Competition; Emily Murphy Quoted

The General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget launched a competition on Wednesday to address federal government-related challenges through a Government Effectiveness Advanced Research Center. The challenge aims to enable industry, academia and the public to form cross-sector teams to assess the feasibility of the GEAR Center model in tackling government challenges cited in the President’s Management Agenda, GSA said Thursday.

"The uniquely American research and development system that brings together universities, federal labs, private companies, and non-profits has made us a global leader in most fields.” said GSA Administrator and a 2019 Wash100 winner Emily Murphy. “The GEAR Center provides a common ground to bring those same partnerships together to help solve the biggest challenges facing our government and improve how we serve citizens.” 

GSA and OMB will hold a webinar May 13 to respond to questions about the competition and will accept initial concept papers through May 24. The agencies will select up to 20 proposers from the initial phase and narrow it down to 10 finalists who will present their detailed plans to a panel of federal officials in the third phase of the competition. Winners will be announced Aug. 1.

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