Labor Dept & National Equal Pay Task Force Launch Equal Pay Application Development Challenge
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
novel ways to eliminate the gender gap in pay, the U.S. Department of Labor and
its federal agency partners on the National Equal Pay Task Force today
announced a contest for creating software applications that use the
department's data to promote equal pay for men and women. The contest will
engage developers to address wage gap through innovative use of data. Women are still paid less on average than their
male counterparts for doing comparable jobs, and the discrepancy is even
greater for minority women. Over the course of a lifetime, this "pay
gap" results in lost wages, reduced pensions and diminished Social
make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force and play a vital role in the
nation's economy," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "While
progress has been made in recent decades, the pay gap continues to disadvantage
many women, with consequences not only for them, but for their families and the
economy as a whole."
Equal Pay App Challenge calls on developers to use publicly available data and
resources to create innovative, easy-to-use apps that educate users about the
pay gap and provide tools to combat it. The apps should improve the
accessibility of pay data broken down by gender, race and ethnicity, and
provide coaching on early career pay, pay negotiation or career mentorship.
More information, including a complete list of the contest's rules and
requirements, is available at http://www.challenge.gov/labor.
employers and employees are more resourceful and technologically savvy than
ever before, but too many remain unaware of how the pay gap affects them,"
said White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra. "By encouraging
developers to help us solve this problem, we're leveraging the unique ability
of the federal government to provide mountains of valuable data as well as the
innovation power of the private sector."
that best satisfy the criteria for the challenge will be eligible to receive
one of eight prizes, including scholarships to attend an eight-week immersive
program on digital product innovation and entrepreneurship hosted by General
Assembly, a campus for technology, design and entrepreneurship. The challenge
will be open for submissions from Jan. 31 until March 31. Judges will announce
the winners in connection with Equal Pay Day in April at http://www.challenge.gov.
help facilitate this and similar challenges, the Labor Department last year
launched http://developer.dol.gov, a
website that helps software developers incorporate department data into online and
mobile applications through published application program interfaces and
software development kits. The website and contests are part of the Department
of Labor's ongoing efforts to increase transparency, participation and
collaboration through the administration's Open Government Initiative. Visit http://www.dol.gov/open/ for more
National Equal Pay Task Force was created in January 2010 in response to
President Obama's pledge to crack down on violations of equal pay laws. In
addition to the Labor Department, members include the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission, the Department of Justice and the Office of Personnel