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Challenge.gov as Excuse Killer

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 10 2010

Here's a smart re-framing of my post on what Challenge.gov says about government innovation from a federal contractor and correspondent with deep experience in the space:

The government has been doing challenges for a while...NASA, DARPA, etc. So, it's not that government is late to the game. It's just that the legal hurdles (whether real or perceived) are prohibitive to so many agencies.

The remarkable thing about Challenge.gov is that it tells agencies, 'You don't have any more excuses.' It's sad that we have to do that, but it's the reality. I don't think the question is 'Why did it take so long to make Challenge.gov.' The question is 'Why did we need to create Challenge.gov?' And [the answer is] basically to get rid of fear/excuses/inertia.

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