Innovation has become one of those words that has lost its meaning, particularly in the federal market.
Think about what is considered “innovative” these days. Reverse industry days? Vendors and agencies are supposed to talk.
Other transaction authority? The Defense Department, NASA and other agencies have had access to OTAs for 25-plus years.
Cloud computing? Ever heard of managed services or alternative service provider (ASP), these were the cloud before “the cloud.”
So does that mean innovation in the federal sector is unattainable? Is it just, in the words of Mark Forman, the former administrator of e-government and IT at the Office of Management and Budget under the President George W. Bush administration, “putting lipstick on the pig?”