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Terms of Use

"Read Me" in cartoon bubbleThe following Terms of Use govern the use of Challenge.gov site and hosted applications. We reserve the right to modify these Terms at any time. They include any applicable laws, regulations or policies incorporated by reference. Changes to the Terms of Use are effective immediately upon posting. By using this website, users agree to all of the Terms of Use. Failure to fully comply with the Terms of Use or any related laws, rules and regulations may result in denial of use or access to Challenge.gov.

Purpose

Challenge.gov is a federal government hosted platform on which agencies launch, manage and track performance of open innovation competitions, also known as challenge competitions, crowdsourcing, and ideation.  The site and platform allow for broad promotion and access to all listed federally-sponsored competitions.

Government challenge managers must use an OMB MAX authorized login to access the system.

Public users of Challenge.gov do so in order to submit entries to the competitions and to manage their profiles. Only a username and valid email are required to register.

General Conditions for Use

The use of Challenge.gov is subject to the federal government and the General Services Administration’s guidelines for website access. Users should treat this site as they would any government-owned and -operated website.

Site and Program Manager Responsibilities

Challenge.gov requires that an agency manager use a verifiable dot-gov or dot-mil email address. These administrators are responsible for obtaining proper agency approval for acquiring and provisioning legal authority under which the competition will be administered.

Challenge managers must coordinate with the Challenge.gov team (challenge@gsa.gov) on program design, platform training, and implementation prior to launching. We suggest a six-to-12 month lead time. Managers are also responsible for implementing these Terms of Use and sharing them with their team members.

Remember that official on-line activities are subject to the ethics regulations of each agency as well as other federal and agency laws, policies, and regulations.

Member Permissions and Passwords

All agency administrators/managers must go through OMB MAX for a valid login that will be used to access the challenge.gov site. All members have a valid government email address and never share passwords, not even with the Site Administrators. Challenge.gov will never ask a member for his or her password.

Site administrators will remove access to the back-end and any system information when employees are terminated or no longer need to have access to the site.

Identification of Participants

The site is intended for use by federal government agencies to manage competitions and the public to participate in the competitions. Site visitors who are not registered/authorized users can access site pages that do not require authorized access. Authorized access and credentials to the site should be protected as they would for any secured site. Attempts to access the site are reviewed, recorded and logged, including all activity once access has been granted.

Terms of Use Violation

If an agency or representative violates the Terms of Use, Challenge.gov access and/or use privileges may be revoked or suspended. Any hosted competitions may be shut down or removed.

Applicable Law

The use of the website and any of the applications or programs offered through Challenge.gov and the interpretation of these Terms of Use shall be governed by and enforced in accordance with applicable federal law.