GSA to launch social network for feds and contractors

McClure said FedSpace will have features from several networking sites, including Facebook-style profiles, blogs and a wiki so employees can share information. Rather than building the system from scratch, GSA is pulling elements from other federal programs so it can speed the launch. The pilot project will be hosted on the cloud, which McClure hopes will help prove that cloud applications are cheaper and easier to deploy.

Since FedSpace will be used on secure government networks, McClure said GSA is focused on security measures such as identity management and user authentication.

He said his office is doing outreach to communities across the government to ensure the platform is widely adopted once it goes live. Eventually he hopes the system will include ways to manage work flows and allow multiples users to share documents and collaborate on revisions.