Kelly Olson, senior innovation adviser and director of the General Services Administration‘s Challenge.govÂ website,Â has described theÂ online crowdsourcing portalÂ as a tool that opensÂ government contracting sector to more ideas in an interview withÂ FCW posted Monday.
OlsonÂ told FCWÂ that Challenge.gov also aims toÂ minimize risk in acquisition and enable agencies to select the best from a larger pool of solutions.
“It’s an approach that opens up space for individuals and smaller businesses to shine in a sector often crowded out by big companies,” she added.
Olson said the platform has seenÂ 80 agency users, more than 440 challenges,Â $150 million in total prizes since its launch in 2010Â and at leastÂ 20 new challenges posted over the summer.
She told FCW that her team continues work to support challenges for larger-scale IT projects, such asÂ the project with theÂ Federal Risk and Authorization Management ProgramÂ to solicit an open source tool that will automate quality reviews of FedRAMP documentation.