Supplier Strategy for IT Innovation

The complexity of managing supplier portfolios, coupled with the need to apply cost saving strategies, often leads organizations to contract with a small group of suppliers. While initiatives such as Federal Category Management and other approaches may improve efficiency and cost savings, they may also inhibit a wider range of innovative ideas and … [Read more...]

Federal Acquisition Reform

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) was designed to address challenges in the way that the Federal Government acquires and manages almost $90 billion worth of technology assets. Among other improvements, the Act mandates steps toward effective governance in managing IT portfolios on both an agency-wide and … [Read more...]

Federal Acquisition Innovation Labs

The need for Federal Government IT support and solutions is extensive. In addition to increasingly complex networks and agendas to improve efficiencies, the public is demanding better security of information in light of high-profile thefts involving personal data. Agencies need to meet these IT security infrastructure needs and others, while the … [Read more...]

Category Management to Reform Government Procurement

Federal Government annual spending exceeds $50 billion for IT-related services, security, hardware, software and telecommunications. While recent progress has been made in consolidating technology needs and reducing duplication through data collection and analysis, many agencies continue to acquire IT products and services in a decentralized manner … [Read more...]

GAO Scheduling Best Practices

Government acquisitions rely on project scheduling for successful program execution. An integrated master schedule (IMS) allows all stakeholders to understand activity interdependencies and managers to make informed decisions about balancing program cost, schedule and scope. Of particular importance is how program costs are impacted due to … [Read more...]

Executive Summary – Critical Thinking and Analytical Skills: the Fundamental Tools of Acquisition Management

As budgets have constricted and Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age, the Federal workforce has become less seasoned and more overburdened, which makes the Government less prepared to handle the intellectual challenges that positions in acquisition management present. This fact, combined with less training in argument, analysis, and critical … [Read more...]

Basics of Open Data Policy and Federal Awards

Open Data is a U.S. initiative brought about through an Executive Order, Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information. The goal is to collect and organize data gathered by Executive Agencies through the normal course of business, which is then placed into a comprehensive information system that allows data to be … [Read more...]

IT Acquisition Added to GAO High Risk List

The United States Government invests nearly $80 billion annually for IT functions. Despite initiatives to better administer these acquisitions, IT investments continue to experience program failures on a massive scale. Over a 5 year period, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended over 700 improvements for IT acquisitions and … [Read more...]

Modernizing Federal IT Acquisitions

A visit to the Federal IT Dashboard is a reminder of the critical need to bring innovation and agility to federal acquisitions. Although significant changes and improvements such as strategic sourcing, IT-based GWACs, and large agency-specific IDIQ contracts have been made to the federal acquisition of IT products and services over the last ten … [Read more...]

Market Research: Opportunities to Improve Acquisition Outcomes

Market research is an integral part of the Federal Government’s acquisition process. Market research is intended to provide the Government with information about marketplace capabilities and costs, which can then be used to encourage competition and negotiate pricing. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reviewed market research … [Read more...]