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Win $50,000 for Innovative E-Gov Proposal

July 7, 2000

Recently, when President Clinton announced the fast-moving development of a powerful search engine and a FirstGov portal to government, he also said there would be a contest to "spur new innovative ideas for how government can serve and connect with our citizens electronically."

He also mentioned up to $50,000 in prize money.

That's a nice hunk of change, especially for those of us who are not Internet millionaires.

The beauty of it is we don't have to be Internet geniuses or even information technology professionals to apply. Anybody - students, researchers, citizens, even government employees - will have the opportunity to submit their ideas to help build an electronic government.

So says the nonprofit Council for Excellence in Government, which is developing the criteria for the competition and putting together a selection committee from among the members of the Technology Leadership Consortium. CEG announced a top prize of $50,000 within the next year for the most innovative proposal to advance an e-government that is user-friendly, accessible, cost-effective, secure, and protects the privacy of citizens' personal information.

Although exact dates for receiving the applications and making the award have not been set, CEG invites you to send an e-mail so you can be on the list to get more information when it's ready. Send your inquiry to Include your name, organization, e-mail address, and any questions you have.

Ladies and gentlemen, reach for your mouse. The competition is about to begin.

Related Resources

President Clinton's Announcement

Council for Excellence in Government

Technology Leadership Consortium

President Clinton's First Internet Address to the Nation


Access America E-Gov E-Zine

National Partnership for Reinventing Government's E-Gov Webpage