by clicking on the page. A slider will appear, allowing you to adjust your zoom level. Return to the original size by clicking on the page again.
the page around when zoomed in by dragging it.
the zoom using the slider on the top right.
by clicking on the zoomed-in page.
by entering text in the search field and click on "In This Issue" or "All Issues" to search the current issue or the archive of back issues respectively.
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
this publication and page.
displays a table of sections with thumbnails and descriptions.
displays thumbnails of every page in the issue. Click on a page to jump.
allows you to browse through every available issue.
FCW : October 2015
October 2015 FCW.COM 21 local, national and global problems, said Olson, who’s been leading Challenge.gov since January. Over the summer, federal agencies posted more than 20 new challenges, including apps that use open data to help farmers and algorithms that could help detect elec- tromagnetic pulses and predict earthquakes, she added. Despite the successes, however, some observers are skeptical that the site has actually improved innovation in federal acquisition. Others said gauging its impact requires metrics more subtle than the total number of participants. “It’s a tough question,” said Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, when asked if Challenge.gov has had a significant impact on the way federal agencies acquire IT services. “The things being done are on a small scale,” and to have an optimal impact, such efforts must have a larger strategic mission. One federal CIO told FCW on background that the pro- gram was not really made to develop intricate replace- ments for legacy IT projects, but it could offer quick solu- tions and produce new, more user-friendly interfaces for those larger systems. “[Although] you can do challenges for a better user interface to the old systems, the old system itself eventu- ally needs hard work to get the data out and make sense of where business processes need to be re-created on a new cloud platform and things like that,” the CIO said. Olson said users do come to Challenge.gov to develop solutions for large-scale IT projects, and she’s working hard to get challenges that go beyond logo redesigns, photo competitions and other relatively straightforward solutions. Nevertheless, she acknowledged that bigger projects present a potential problem. For one thing, agencies might not want to publicly offer Challenge.gov participants the kind of detailed look into internal operations that would be required for enterprisewide IT solutions. However, Olson said, officials are working with GSA’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program — which provides a standardized approach to security assess- ment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services — to find an open-source tool for quality checks of FedRAMP documentation. The tool will automate a manual review process that can take more than 40 hours to complete and will cost a fraction of a traditional procurement. In addition, it will take significantly less time to devel- op and tap into a broad public network of participants, according to Olson. In the meantime, Challenge.gov is due for some change itself. “In five years, Challenge.gov will be a broader umbrella across government,” she said. It will offer new crowd- sourcing, open-source and innovative solutions for agen- cies. The program is also adding a mentorship program that will tap 16 people working at various agencies for specific expertise, such as legal issues, prize design and other capabilities. n Top Challenge.gov competitions in fiscal 2014 PROJECT AGENCY TOTAL PRIZE SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar Energy $10,000,000 Cyber Grand Challenge DARPA $9,750,000 Rebuild by Design HUD $2,000,000 SunShot Catalyst Program Energy $1,005,000 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition Energy $600,000 Food Safety Challenge (2014) FDA $500,000 Follow that Cell NIH $500,000 No-Petri-Dish Diagnostic Test Challenge CDC $200,000 American Energy Data Challenge Energy $170,000 Predict the Influenza Season Challenge CDC $75,000 1015fcw_020-021.indd 21 10/13/15 9:42 AM
September 30, 2015
November and December 2015