GSA announced four new federal-compatible Terms of Service (TOS) agreements with Hackpad, GovLoop, Quora and Measured Voice.
All of the new amended TOS are following the new preferred format — “click to agree,” where agreements are online and do NOT need to be formally “signed” before your agency can start using the product. This approach is much more efficient for you, your agency and the vendor, and there is virtually no wait to get started once your agency decides to sign up.
Just review the terms with your lawyers and click to agree with the terms when you register for the product.
About the tools:
- Hackpad is a wiki that allows you to invite users to edit in real time and supports rich media and syntax highlighting if you are working on code. Hackpad incorporated the federal friendly amendment online so your agency will not have to sign a separate document with Hackpad. When your agency opens an account with Hackpad you will be bound by the TOS as amended online, automatically. Scroll down to the bottom of theHackpadTermsofService to review theAmendmenttoHackpadTermsofServiceapplicableforgovernmentusers/members.
- GovLoop is a knowledge network or over 60,000 federal, state and local professionals. This GovLoop blogpost gives a nice overview of why GovLoop choose to embedtheamendedterms into their standard online terms rather than having to sign a separate agreement with every agency.
- Quora is a question-and-answer website created, edited and organized by its community of users. Quora’s negotiated terms are visible when you sign up for an account and agree to the basic terms (http://www.quora.com/about/tos) which, in the next-to-last paragraph, incorporate the federal amendment via a link tohttp://www.quora.com/about/government_tos. But please note this: Quora does not allow for organizational or entity accounts at this time but hopes to offer this service early next year. In the meantime federal employees operating in their official capacity may sign up to post a question and begin an engagement.
- MeasuredVoice, a social media management tool for government, is moving from a free to a paid service in early 2013. We have negotiated a new amendment that covers all government accounts, both free and paid.
GSA works with service providers to amend their standard TOS for federal users, thus enabling the Federal Government to use these free tools the same way private industry can. This effort reduces the need for dozens of agencies to negotiate separate TOS agreements and to streamline negotiations with vendors through a single Point-of-Contact (POC).
To use one of these products, or for a refresher on how the TOS process works, visit HowTo.gov.