The government’s information technology acquisition process can be improved by an emphasis on clear communications, statements of objectives, historical and shared data, plus mechanisms and incentives to improve efficiency, according to a recent entry on the General Services Administration’s “Great Government through Technology” blog.
The potential benefits of increased accessibility, e-tools, toning down the issuance of capabilities RFIs, combating schedule slips and procurement delays, and finding ways to decrease protests were just some of the takeaways made following a conversation between federal IT services partners and Mary Davie, assistant commissioner for the Office of Information Technology Category in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service.
Among the valuable government contracting resources cited in the meeting were interact.gsa.gov, GSA’s Alliant program, the Acquisition Gateway and FEDSIM. Tools like Interact allow the sharing of information online and let government and industry respond and ask questions. However, there was a feeling expressed that more could be done to establish relationships and regular forums for communication with industry partners and potential partners.
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