A group who shares ideas and experiences employing innovative acquisition practices, collaborative methods and use of Web2.0 technologies to transform federal acquisition.
Transparency, Collaboration, and Participation in the Federal Acquisition Process is here! We need your ideas and help.
March 25, 2010 at 4:45 pm #95833
Today, GSA’s FEDSIM group launched two acquisitions using ideas submitted to the BetterBuy project website – specifically, ideas for applying collaborative technology to the acquisition process.
The first acquisition is data.gov. GSA is seeking input on a requirement to provide a data repository for data.gov.
The second is called “Clearpath”. GSA is looking for input on the technical infrastructure for our Clearpath hosting and is developing the approach for a future acquisition. GSA will launch Clearpath in a few weeks.
In the first phase of this pilot, we have launched a wiki (http://betterbuy.fas.gsa.gov) and are asking the public to contribute and help us shape the requirements and solicitation. The wiki contains background information on the requirements and draft sections in ‘b-m’. Comments and questions (and answers to our questions) in each section are encouraged. We will also use Twitter to tweet procurement statuses and to receive and answer questions. The twitter account to follow is @gsa_fedsim
In subsequent phases of the acquisition we will incorporate additional Web 2.0 tools to continue the collaborative process.
We intend to provide updates about our progress from both the government and industry perspectives on the BetterBlog site, so check it often. If you are contributing to the requirements build as either a government or industry participant and would like to blog about your experience, let me know and we’ll set you up to post.
You are probably wondering how we selected the ideas we decided to use on the first two acquisitions. We reviewed all the ideas submitted through BetterBuy, categorized them, and matched appropriate ideas with the selected acquisitions. Our focus was on incorporating collaborative technology in the acquisition process.
So what about the other 100+ ideas we received on the site that we aren’t using or the ideas that aren’t technology related? We are thrilled with all the ideas we’ve received and the dialog that is taking place around them. We are going to continue to leave the BetterBuy site up and monitor for additional ideas and comments.
We have asked the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council’s Acquisition Management Shared Interest Group to review the ideas and select a few more to put into action. That group will be reaching out to the Govloop Acquisition2.0 to recruit volunteers to work further on those selected additional ideas.
The Govloop Acquisition2.0 group has been an incredible catalyst for discussion and ideas to improve the federal acquisition process to make it more open, transparent and collaborative (which was how the BetterBuy project was born in the first place).
I want to thank all of you for your energy and participation, particularly the ACT/IAC and the National Academy for Public Administration for the help and support provided on this project.
We have just begun our journey!
March 25, 2010 at 6:59 pm #95851
I love the idea of the Wiki. The DC government did something similar a while back for one of their major solicitations. I posted something on BetterBuy last week related to using Crowd Sourcing as a means of obtaining better market research. The more transparency we can integrate into the procurement process the better in my opinion. It’s the best way to break the classic “$800 toilet seat” stereotype.
March 26, 2010 at 12:13 am #95849
Fantastic idea. I’m sure many of us are looking forward to see what kind of response this experiment generates.
March 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm #95847
March 30, 2010 at 8:21 pm #95845
Right now the mechanism for collecting comments is actually editing the Wiki. Just a suggestion, but I think that you would get broader contribution if you had a message box for people to leave comments without having to edit the page and fool with Wiki script. I was wondering if you had considered using a widget to enable people to use twitter, facebook, or openID logins to lower the threshold. I personally like Disqus and I see there is already instructions to plug it in: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:MpDisqus
Excellent work with BetterBuy and http://betterbuy.fas.gsa.gov ! I was at Martha Johnson’s keynote at FOSE and was very excited to hear BetterBuy mentioned.
I am a new media and information architect at NASA Goddard and I work on wiki’s, particularly for technical and engineering knowledge capture. I am very excited to see the incredibly progressive work being done at GSA and am excited about Martha, Bev, Emma, Dan, and Dave’s presence at your agency!
March 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm #95843
Jon – thanks so much for your comments. I will pass along to the FEDSIM folks for consideration. Just as an aside, my dad, stepmom and sister are all NASA peeps (Dad retired from Goddard about 20 years ago, but the other two are still there).
March 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm #95841
The ClearPath hosting RFI has been posted on EBuy and the documents are now on the wiki for comment. Would love your input. http:etterbuy.fas.gsa.gov You can follow procurement status updates on twitter at @gsa_fedsim
April 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm #95839
April 9, 2010 at 11:06 pm #95837
Data.gov RFI closed yesterday. Received lots of comments, feedback and edits. The acquisition team is thrilled with the input and believes this approach will result in a far superior solicitation than if had we conducted this through traditional processes. Blog posts from government and industry about experience on coming soon on the BetterBlog. RFI for Clearpath is still open for comment. Encouraging industry (and gov) to provide input and comment. Acquisition2.0 is on its way!
April 12, 2010 at 6:46 pm #95835
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