The thaw in industry-government collaboration for acquisitions has yet to fully materialize. Even after more than six years since the first mythbusters memo from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, the freeze at many agencies remains deep into the permafrost.
OFPP is planning a third mythbusters memo as part of its continuing effort to improve communication around acquisition.
But there are signs that the sheet of ice is starting to crack.
In 2017 alone, four agencies held reverse industry days — the IRS, the General Services Administration, the Homeland Security Department and the Defense Department — where they bring in contracting officers and other acquisition professionals to learn from industry.
DHS will host a third reverse industry day in October.