Last week, the U.S. General Services Administration announced it had signed a service agreement with Facebook, and in recent months reached  agreements with Blist which provides a consumer focused service for publishing data on the Web, Slideshare a site for sharing of PowerPoint, Word and PDF documents and AddThis, a bookmarking and sharing platform.

Federal agencies led by GSA have been negotiating agreements with each new media provider that can work across government. Other federal agencies can now choose to sign the same agreement if it meets their needs because it resolves the legal concerns found in many standard terms and conditions that pose problems for federal agencies, such as liability, endorsements, advertising, freedom of information and governing law.

Wayne Hanson  |  Senior Executive Editor, Center For Digital Government