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FCW : March 15, 2013
16 March 15, 2013 FCW.COM A signature project of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program could shift menial and time-consuming tasks from contracting of cers to computers and make the federal marketplace less intimidating to small companies. The ques- tion is whether it can live up to the hype --- and whether agencies will give it a fair chance. RFP-EZ was one of ve projects the fellows program began in August 2012; its beta version launched in Decem- ber. In an interview with FCW, Clay Johnson, an innovation fellow focused on RFP-EZ, said the initiative will stream- line the process for certain procurements. Speci cally, it is designed to make it easier for small businesses to join the federal contracting marketplace and easier for contracting and program of ces to nd low-cost, high-impact solutions to meet agency needs. RFP-EZ starts with software called SOWComposer, which helps agencies draft statements of work, Johnson said. Contracting of cers can use the tools to write clear statements of work through a template-driven process. They can store, reuse and even share statements of work. For small businesses, RFP-EZ includes BidMaker, a Web- BY MATTHEW WEIGELT The Obama administration has released its much- anticipated program to improve small- business contracting, but some experts wonder whether it will do the trick RFP-EZ really change procurement? Can
March 30, 2013