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USA.gov Offers $1,000 for Best Video

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Being able to wiggle your ears or recite the alphabet backwards are noteworthy hidden talents, but they probably won’t do much to beef up your bank account or educate anybody. Being handy with a camera however, just might. Put your skills and creativity to use in the USA.gov Frequently Asked Questions video contest.

Uncle Sam is looking to spread the word about how people can use USA.gov—the official web portal of the U.S. government—to make their lives easier and find all the government benefits and services they need.

Create a short how-to video explaining the answers to people’s most common questions as featured on Answers.USA.gov:

  • How do I check the status of my tax refund?
  • How can I apply for a government grant or loan?
  • How can I find a job?
  • How do I get a Social Security card?
  • How can I change my address with various government agencies when I move?

One $1,000 prizewinner will be selected for each question and all winning entries will be featured on USA.gov.

You can find a full listing of details and rules at faq.challenge.gov. The contest ends Oct. 28, 2011.

Have some fun making a video—and potentially some money—with your family, friends, or students. A hidden talent today could be featured on the U.S. government’s flagship website tomorrow. No ear wiggling required.

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