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FCW : November 30, 2013
Procurement 20 November 30, 2013 FCW.COM missions is through improved require- ments development." "The government has to be a little smarter when trying to buy things quickly," Amey said. For the most part, IDIQs work, he added, except when they re used to buy more innovative, cutting-edge technology and services. Industry representatives have a dif- ferent view, however. "The government has to undertake a wholesale review of the way it buys IT products and ser- vices in the wake of the meltdown of Health and Human Services Health- Care.gov website," said Trey Hodgkins, a longtime TechAmerica executive who recently became the Information Tech- nology Industry Council s senior vice president for the public sector. The federal budgeting process that fuels procurement is also broken, he said. "We re using horse-and-buggy-era funding processes to fund leading-edge technology. It can t keep pace. It s arcane and has a three- to ve-year lead time." Hodgkins said it is time for a new set of rules to replace regulations devel- oped in the 1980s and early 1990s, such as the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act that mandated that agencies have CIOs. And indeed, Congress is considering some IT acquisition reform. The Fed- eral IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITA- RA), which passed the House as part of the Defense Authorization bill in June, would establish a single, presidentially appointed CIO at each federal agency and consolidate IT budget authority in that of ce. However, others were less sure that a complete overhaul was neces- sary. Waldron said a review of exist- ing procurement rules is due, but it should be tempered with additional guidelines developed by industry and government. The Acquisition Advisory Panel, mandated by the Services Acqui- sition Reform Act of 2003, conducted a review in 2007 and recommended a greater emphasis on de ning require- ments, structuring solicitations to facil- itate competition and xed-price offers, and monitoring contract performance. "It s been seven years," Waldron said. "It might be time for another panel." President Barack Obama seems to agree. HealthCare.gov s problems have been "inexcusable," the president said on Nov. 4. "And there are a whole range of things that we re going to need to do once we get this xed --- to talk about federal procurement when it comes to IT and how that s organized." The money As government budgets continue to stagnate, agencies are increasingly turning to lowest price, technically acceptable (LPTA) evaluation crite- ria to select between competing bids for IT projects. Critics argue that the LPTA approach sti es innovation among contractors and sacri ces long-term value for agen- cies, but some government procure- ment experts believe LPTA contracting can bene t feds in certain situations. "The LPTA environment is appro- priate for status augmentation type procurements," said Lynne Gummo, who leads the Government Contract- ing Industry Group at SC&H, an audit, tax and consulting rm. All government procurement is not created equal. A closer look reveals pockets of excellence, many of which focus on the acquisition of high-tech communications capabilities that provide near- instant dividends. It doesn't hurt that the demand for everyday devices, especially by younger members of the workforce, adds a layer of pressure to get procurement done fast and done right. At the Defense Department, a few efforts have helped decision-makers get critical devices into the hands of war ghters more quickly, without the long turnaround that has come to de ne defense procurement. Mobile technology pilot programs, which were pro led in FCW's April 15 issue, provide a fast track for the use of smartphones and tablet PCs at the Pentagon and in the eld. Although such programs cannot immediately provide the millions in DOD's military and civilian ranks with shiny new iPhones, they can identify the outdated policies and ineffective governance structures that hinder rapid procurement. "The key thing is getting the processes into place to do the governance and certi cation, " said Mike McCarthy, operations director at Army Brigade Modernization Command. "I think we're a lot closer than we've ever been to having a solution that we can rapidly stand up across all of the Army. There's a lot of work within the entire DOD to leverage the insight we've had in these smartphone efforts from over the past couple years. And I think you're going to see some things that are going to be universal throughout DOD and probably throughout other departments. " The limitations of pilot programs, however, relate to questions about mobile device management --- including standardized security --- and scalability.The Defense Information Systems Agency's $16 million award of a mobile device management/ mobile application store could offer a glimpse into how DOD will buy and run its next generation of capabilities for daily operations. The award was made a few months ago, but DISA, contract winner Digital Management Inc. and all other associated parties have remained quiet about the program. The silence underscores how precarious success stories can be, and sources say many other government agencies are waiting to see DISA's next move before deploying their own full-scale mobility programs. Aside from pilot programs, Who's getting it right?
November 15, 2013