Presidential Innovation Fellows Tackle Five Civic Tech Tools

August 23, 2012

The White House has selected eighteen Presidential Innovation Fellows to work on five high-impact projects aimed at “improving how the Federal Government serves the American people.”  The tools developed by the project should could be useful to state and local governments because they address universal issues including access to medical records, problems with current procurement processes, access to digital information and electronic payment of social welfare benefits.

  • Blue Button for America will spread the ability for millions of Americans to easily and securely download their own health information electronically, all while fueling the emergence of time and money saving products and businesses.
  • RFP-EZ aims to develop an online marketplace that will make it easier for the government to do business with small high-growth tech companies, and enabling the government to buy better, lower-cost tech solutions from the full range of American businesses.
  • MyGov will create a prototype of a streamlined online system enabling citizens to easily access the information and services from across the Federal Government.
  • The 20% Initiative will work to transition “the last mile” of international development assistance payments from cash to electronic methods – lowering administrative costs, promoting financial inclusion, and reducing theft, fraud, and violence.
  • Open Data Initiatives will accelerate and expand Administration efforts to make government data more publicly accessible in “computer-readable” form and spur the use of those data by entrepreneurs as fuel for the creation of new products, services, and jobs.