Dick Griffin

Executive branch leadership should learn how to encourage acquisition professionals (in contracting and programs) to view their roles in the acquisition process as policy trend setters. If this became the practice, rather than restricting acquisition practice to being reactionary, it would lead to establishing acquisition practice as policy initiatives that could accelerate embracement of inovation in technology, evolution in industry, and drive the creation of new jobs across the scope of our economy. The benefits of this policy shift to federal government would manifest in cost savings nearly immediately, and create a stark contrast to the current practice: reactively trying to maintain relationships with legacy contractors who nurture fading technology, and agencies vested in acquiistion practices that continue to provide services through archaic and industry lagging capabilities, and continually exploding costs and budgets.