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How Has USA.gov Made Your Life Easier?

$2500 Cash Prize Offered for Most Creative or Inspiring Video

GSA# 10666

February 22, 2010
Contact: Steve Hoffman, (202) 501-1231
steven.hoffman@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON – Responding to President Obama’s goal for a more citizen-centered government that is transparent, participatory, and collaborative, USA.gov, the citizen’s portal to the government, is giving the public a chance to show how the award-winning Web site has made their lives easier and win some money in the process.

From Feb. 22 through April 2, the public can submit their 30 to 90-second videos to USA.gov. The person who submits the most creative, entertaining or inspiring video will win a cash prize of $2500.  The videos will be showcased on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/group/USAgovcontest), so all citizens will be able to see them.  A panel of judges from GSA’s Office of Citizen Services, the office that runs and manages USA.gov, will determine the contest winner.

“We’re capitalizing on the YouTube generation’s propensity for sharing and creativity to engage the public in a fun and unique way,” said David McClure, Associate Administrator for the Office of Citizen Services and Communication. “Thousands of people come to USA.gov every day to find government information, ranging from jobs and education opportunities, to benefits and grants. We want to know how this information has helped you.”

USA.gov provides information and links to more than 10,000 pages of federal, state, and local government information and services. Information on student loans, child care, small business licensing regulations, visa information, and other vital government information and services are available through USA.gov.

For complete rules and instructions on how to upload your video, visit www.usa.gov/contest.

In addition to USA.gov, GSA’s Office of Citizen Services provides helpful information to the public through GobiernoUSA.gov, kids.gov, webcontent.gov, pueblo.gsa.gov, mymoney.gov, and consumeraction.gov. Through its web sites, call centers, publications, and other programs, GSA facilitates more than 240 million public touch points a year.

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