On December 9, 2010 the U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra released a "25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management." Many of the points in this plan are consistent with recommendations previously made by ACT-IAC. One of these recommendations, and a major priority in the Administration’s plan, is to improve communications between government and industry throughout the IT acquisition process.
Item 24 of the OMB plan directs the OMB Office of Federal Procurement Policy to launch a "myth-busters" education campaign to identify common misconceptions or myths about vendor engagement and improve overall communication between government and industry. Item 25 of the OMB plan directs GSA to launch an interactive platform for pre-RFP agency and industry collaboration.
ACT-IAC is working closely with OMB and GSA on both of these items to provide advice regarding a strategy for improving government-industry communication and collaboration. To date, we have hosted a national dialogue on Item 24 and sponsored industry focus groups on implementation of Item 25.
Overview of the Project
The Better Government IT project is expected to be an ongoing activity to improve government-industry communication and collaboration in the IT acquisition process. The working group will initially focus on working with the Administration to implement items 24 and 25 of the OMB plan. Other issues will be addressed where appropriate. The initial product to be produced by the working group will be a center of excellence on the ACT-IAC web site regarding government-industry communication. It is expected that this center will include:
- The myths identified by OMB (and truths) plus additional myths as added.
- Guidance for agencies and industry on what is allowed and not allowed regarding communication during different phases of the acquisition process.
- Best practices and examples of good communication techniques.
- Relevant policy documents and guidance from OMB and the agencies
- An FAQ section that provides answers to the most often asked questions.
- (Optional) A collaborative capability so that members of the government IT community can exchange ideas and information on this important topic.
The working group will have an industry chair and a government chair. Jaime Gracia, President and CEO of Seville Government Consulting, will be the industry chair. A government chair is also being sought. The working group will have both government and industry members. The initial term of the working group shall be six months. At that time an assessment will be made regarding next steps.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Working Group. Individuals interested in participating in the working group should submit their name, email address, a bio of no more than 75 words as well as a brief explanation of why they are interested in joining the working group. This information should be sent to bettergovernmentIT@actgov.org no later than COB April 22, 2011. For the complete nomination information, please click here.