New Fed Tools: FedSpace, Go.USA.Gov, and Challenges/Prizes

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Picture 1GSA is offering federal agencies several new, exciting tools. During yesterday’s 2010 Government Web and New Media Conference, Bev Godwin, who established GSA’s Federal Center for New Media and Citizen Engagement shared with conference attendees what these new tools were and how they can, and will be used.

The first tool, which is ready for use now, is go.usa.gov. With this new website, anyone with a .gov email address can use it to shorten government URL’s. It is similar to tinyurl.com, but it is an official government website that will shorten URL’s while maintaining the .gov at the end. This is a valuable, open source, free tool that will continue to be enhanced.

Another new tool is FedSpace, a social intranet. FedSpace is currently in the development process; this collaborative tool will be available in the fall of 2010. It will serve as portal for to share knowledge and connect with other federal employees and no agency will be an island.

Godwin also addressed GSA’s effort to help agencies come up with more challenges and prizes when working to engage their customers, the public. For example, the Healthy Kids Challenge had more than $60,000 in prizes. GSA’s plan for challenges will be coming out sometime this July.

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