Acquisition 2.0 in action

Here are a few examples of Acquisition 2.0 tools

Acquisition 2.0 ideas are taking hold in federal contracting circles. People are beginning to collaborate to find answers to the questions they wrestle with, and more people are providing their solutions.

“These tools will help innovate and streamline processes by having a more collaborative environment for decision-making,” said Jaime Gracia, vice president of federal services at Concepts and Strategies, a strategic communications company.

Here are a few examples of the Acquisition 2.0 tools the acquisition community is using.

GovLoop Acquisition 2.0 discussion group

Federal executives, consultants, contractors and former federal employees share their experiences and offer suggestions on a range of topics, from hiring practices to saving money.

Better Buy Project

This discussion group is exploring ways to improve the early stages of an acquisition, such as market research and defining a contract’s requirements. The purpose is to find innovative ways to enable the government and industry to connect and find solutions together. More importantly, the General Services Administration has said it will test the most promising ideas in future contracts.

Online training, virtual mentoring

Companies are putting their training resources online so that busy acquisition employees can take courses when their schedules permit. Agencies have been recording interviews with experienced acquisition employees and sharing the videos with newer employees so they can benefit from their predecessors' expertise.

Strategic sourcing

Many experts say the government doesn't take full advantage of its ability to buy in bulk by eliminating multiple contract awards for the same product or service. Acquisition officials call it strategic sourcing.

About the Author

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.