Dale M. Posthumus
You are quite right to remind us there are more "governments" on GovLoop than the US Federal. At the same time, many of these issues apply to state governments as well. I have worked with a few state procurement systems, one in particular. I will say I think the states are doing a better job, probably because of less bureaucracy, for one. Your example of procurement folks getting started early with the program people is an excellent example of how to improve acquisition. Procurement and program people need to better understand each other and how they must work according to the framework/restrictions of regulations and law. The value of GovLoop is, not only are there US fed, state, and local members, there are also members from other countries. I am always fascinated to hear how someone else is doing IT, acquisition, open govt, better services, etc.