Wanted: agile contracting officers

FedScoopFedScoop reports that while agile development is driving innovation in the federal tech and citizen services realms, the procurement process is struggling to catch up.

One of the major challenges to agile government procurement is the protest system, which was part of the problem behind the recent cancellation of the $1.5 billion Flexible Agile Support for the Homeland (FLASH) agile contract vehicle.

Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation Program Manager Kevin Cox points out that training and forethought can help overcome this challenge.

“I think we need to have a conversation and help with the training of the contracting professionals where they learn the techniques to do agile contracting and are able to overcome the fear of protests,” Cox said . . .

“If everything is well written and you’ve done the due diligence with the fair and openness and the discovery ahead of time, it potentially might help to minimize some of the protests that might occur,” he said.

Read the full article: The government needs agile contracting officers too, DHS officials say | FedScoop

2017-07-19T16:10:09-08:00 July 19th, 2017|Categories: Agile government, Procurement|Tags: , |

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