How would you use information technology to improve government? Your idea could be worth $50,000. The Merit Awards is looking for suggestions in eight categories: back office operations, citizen engagement, defense, emergency response, entitlement reform, results achievement, waste, and workforce management and motivation. “Someone needs to be discontented with the status quo in order for something to happen. Otherwise, you sit around fat, dumb and lazy,” said Google’s Vinton Cerf, one of the competition judges. “So my sense is, the kinds of actionable ideas that will come in will be from someone who isn’t satisfied.” The deadline is August 1, 2011. Link to full story in Government Technology.