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FCW : July 15, 2014
BackStory FCW readers on innovation, culture and 18F 34 July 15, 2014 FCW.COM In the June 15 issue of FCW, the Professional Services Council's Stan Soloway and the General Services Administration's Lena Trudeau offered very different takes on the obstacles to innovation in federal IT. The articles prompted wide-ranging discussions --- in social media, on radio and television, and in person. Here are some of the highlights from reader comments posted on FCW.com: To read the original articles and add your insights, go to http://is.gd/FCW_innovate. "Having read both Stan s and Lena s articles, I can understand each perspective.... My take on this is that competition outside of existing government contracts for major projects linked with government expertise is the recipe for success. When will we stop using existing contracts when looking for innovation?" "The 18F project as I understand it is a contest between GSA s human resources of ce and GSA s procurement of ce as to who can put a exible, agile team together.... Procurement [regulations] bedevil the private sector, and HR regs bedevil 18F. May the best man win --- whatever their badge says." "Lena's cred and commitment to public service is unimpeachable. That said, Soloway s larger point...that the V. Kundras and T. Park types in the executive branch are biased toward a handful of Silicon Valley-type companies...still stands." "Like the art teacher who won t let her class use paintbrushes, believing them to be dangerous, and then crows about the art of kids in the other class who were allowed to use brushes, it must confuse government managers to no end. There's no way it could be the lack of management capacity and maturity is the common factor, right?" "One thing will solve all of this: more money applied to the crumbling government infrastructure. $787 billion of taxpayer-funded stimulus was signed into law in early 2009, and if even a little of it (say, $10 billion or 1.3 percent) had made its way into the government IT infrastructure, we would at least have had platforms, networks, applications, etc., that are in this millennium."
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