(cross posted on CG-LIMS Project Blog in Intelink-U)
Support from the top of the DHS Procurement organization that is. Today's post will be a repeat for some of you who heard this at the last staff meeting, but it's important enough that I want to make sure everyone gets the message.
The new DHS Chief Procurement Officer, Mr. Nick Nayak heard how we're opening up communications with industry by posting requirements documents early in the process on FedBizOpps, using a blog to keep all stakeholders informed, and using the wiki hosted on GSA's citizen.apps.gov platform to give everyone information on what we're thinking and solicit industry ideas as we form an acquisition strategy. He's very interested in understanding what we're doing with an eye toward customers of procurement and industry to communicate about requirements openly well before a requirement is written.
This is a wonderful thing. I think it's the right direction for government to move for major system acquisitions. And I thank the folks who were willing to weight the cost / benefit and take reasonable risks to take this approach. I think it will ultimately result in a better system fielded more quickly.
I met very briefly with the Coast Guard Senior Procurement Executive and Head of Contracting Activity (HCA) last week to fill her in on the details of what we're doing and why. I stressed to her and I reiterate to all of you how indebted I am to Mary Davie and Chris Hamm at GSA for sparking the thought to approach this acquisition as transparently as possible. I'm also indebted to the the Intelink community for providing the tools and culture needed to move to a "need to share" posture for this acquisition. As I've told many of you privately, I think this is a much better way to serve the taxpayer and to serve the people who will rely on CG-LIMS every day to support mission performance.
Here are the notes I shared with a few folks as a recap of the meeting with the HCA. Some of you have seen them via e-mail, but you all know how much I hate having stuff go to e-mail to die. So here's the recap:
So as the CG-LIMS team continues to use a wiki to transparently and collaboratively develop an acquisition strategy, know that your work is noticed and appreciated by the DHS Chief Procurement Officer. Feel good about that.
photo credit: Ross Mayfield