At AGL Summit on May 23 in Sacramento, a panel of government innovators discussed how modular procurement can help agencies break large projects into smaller chunks of work to enable best digital services practices, improved accountability, and better outcomes.
- Dave Zvenyach, who formerly worked with 18F and the GSA Technology Transformation Service to make procurement more joyful and effective; currently consulting to help governments and business work smarter together
- Dan Levenson, who formerly worked as Digital Service Contracting Advisor and Contracting Officer for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; currently Chief Strategy Officer at AgileSix
- Marc Jones, who serves on the AGL Association Board of Directors and is an open source expert and Compliance Engineer at CivicActions
- How does oversight work in modular procurement?
- Being honest about prioritization and trade-offs
- How modular procurement changes the contacting officers’ role
The panelists showed how agile procurement practices can:
- Save agencies from dependence on one large contractor
- Encourage healthy competition (and better performance) by various vendors on a project
- Make room for best digital service practices like user research which can get overlooked in larger, single-vendor contracts
- Allow agencies to hire the best vendor for each job within a project
- Make better use of contracting officers’ time