FCW Forum: Is government procurement YouTube-ready?
As reported in the March 3 issue of Federal Computer Week, the District of Columbia's chief technology officer, Vivek Kundra, would like to use wikis and YouTube videos to improve government-industry communications during the procurement process.
In a pilot project, the city created a wiki to host solicitation documents and provide an interactive question-and-answer section. The wiki also includes a link to complete video coverage of a pre-solicitation conference for potential bidders, courtesy of the YouTube social networking site.
Using Web 2.0 technology during the procurement process is "like a movie being played in front of the world," said Kundra. "It allows every potential bidder to have equal footing when it comes to competition."
What do you think: Could wikis, videos and similar technology improve the federal government's procurement process? And what pitfalls would agencies need to avoid?
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Posted on Feb 28, 2008 at 12:12 PM