This is part of a recurring series sponsored by Federal Times, where former federal leaders reflect upon the lessons learned since leaving government.
If you knew then what you know now … How would you have partnered with industry differently?
When agency needs arise, in order to ensure fairness and equitable consideration, lengthy and detailed requirements are crafted and sent to the industry. However, this often leads to bad outcomes. In order to mitigate protest risks, requirements are increasingly specific and fixed, but they leave very little if any room for industry to offer alternate, compelling approaches to solve the stated problems. As a result, many innovative and compelling solutions don’t even make it past the first gate, and the government suffers as a result. It also reinforces a cycle of inertia, whereby since government employees don’t see those innovative solutions, they keep asking for what they know, and as a result, continue to get the same traditional approaches and solutions.
If I had to do it over again, I would find ways to re-think how government partners with the industry.
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