Criticisms of 18F, the procurement innovation team inside GSA, should be taken with a grain of salt, reports NextGov.
18F has been under pressure concerning some regulations that were not followed as the organization struggled to implement radical change from within decidedly broken and archaic government systems.
The Eastern Foundry, a collaborative workplace that offers government contractors the insight and support they need to succeed in the federal marketplace, defends 18F, saying it has “moved mountains” in helping agencies and the nation avoid costly procurement errors.
The critics of 18F have been quick to point out violations, but we—the Eastern Foundry team—have not heard how those violations hurt the nation. We may never know if there was any damage from installing Slack on a government system, but there is a cost to opposing innovation and forcing reform to move at the pace of government acquisition.
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