By Steve Kelman

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The Lectern: Govloop’s contracting forum

Many readers of this blog are probably familiar with Govloop, the self-described "social networking site for Gov 2.0" created just last year by Steve Ressler, a dynamic young DHS civil servant. In a short period of time, the site has attracted 14,000 members, and is increasingly lively and interactive. It does a better job making government look cool than government itself often does, though some of the stuff coming out of the White House these days gives it a run for its money.

Govloop now features a number of regular forums, and one of the largest, it turns out (with 230 members) is "Acquisition 2.0," founded, and hosted, by Mary Davie of the General Services Administration. The group held a Forum at GSA headquarters yesterday actually called "Rockstars of Gov 2.0 Innovate Federal Acquisition." This may have been the first-ever use of the word "rockstars" for an event hosted by GSA, and also the first use of the words "federal acquisition" and "innovate" together in Washington for a while. Maybe the long winter of fear industry stranglehold over the procurement debate is drawing to a close?

Since its launch, the Acquisition 2.0 Forum has hosted a number of discussions, most extensively on improving the requirements generation process for services procurement. As of Wednesday evening, there had been 26 posts on the topic, including discussions on the use of wikis and on the complexities of developing requirements for an IT environment in which customer demands are evolving rapidly. The tone of the posts is remarkably friendly for cyberspace, and many of the comments are quite lengthy and thoughtful.

Check it out here.

Posted by Steve Kelman on Jul 02, 2009 at 12:08 PM


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