Although I think that procurement does need to be reviewed, we seem to be missing the real issues of the healthcare.gov failures.
What happened with healthcare.gov is symptomatic of federal IT, in which feds continue the “big bang” approaches to buying. Until leadership understands this is a fool’s errand, we can expect more healthcare.gov, and…[Read more]
Jaime Gracia replied to the topic Government Contracting in a World of Sequestration and Shutdowns in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 3 years, 5 months ago
My fear is that younger workers with leave, especially at a time when they are desperately needed (especially IT). Those areas that would be hardest hit are cyber, and data engineers. The federal environment is hard enough as it is, but this seems like adding insult to injury.
Why would anyone want to enter public service is this unprecedented era…[Read more]
Jaime Gracia replied to the topic How to respond to a request for information on a system’s architecture without compromising security? in the forum Technology 3 years, 5 months ago
Chris – Let’s look at this from another angle. Firstly, are you talking in hypotheticals or an actual response to an RFI, in which you are looking for advice on how to answer.
If the latter, please link to the RFI, presumably on FedBizOpps.com. If this is the case, this problem needs to be addressed, because it is an improper use of RFI, and…[Read more]
If I understood Clay’s comments, Phase I was just a pilot. They seem to be slowing implementing the project, to capture lessons learned and find other ways to use the tool and broaden its reach. I applaud the goals of the initiative, but question its utility. Further, I am wondering if anyone with an expertise in the federal IT acquisition process…[Read more]
I have been having an interesting discussion with Clay Johnson over on the LinkedIn GS-1102 Group forums, about the benefits or need of the RFP-EZ project (view the discussion here).
It seems like the discussion boils down to two camps, one being about technology solving problems, and the other trying not to solve problems already having an…[Read more]
Jaime Gracia replied to the topic HELP A GOVIE OUT: Looking for an Agile PM Template in the forum Technology 3 years, 10 months ago
I did a Google search on “Agile Project Management Charter,” and got a few interesting results of note:
David – Since no one has jumped, let me respond. First, let me say I am not anti-anything, other than nonsensical policy and rhetoric for political purposes that leads to bad policy. I believe that to be the case in this instance.
I believe this argument is from a lens of “reducing waste,” as government proponents of this policy are under the…[Read more]
Jaime Gracia started the topic Budget Transparency and Affordability – What Can We Afford? in the forum Budget / Performance 4 years ago
Federal buyers seem to hold their budgets as a state secret, and in these times of low-price and budget cut buying, it seems to make more sense to me to have federal buyers have an attitude of transparency, and work with industry on solutions based on what they can afford and what they can get in regards to capabilities for a given budget.
I think…[Read more]
That is indeed the acquisition lead-time. As both Steven and I noted, perhaps specificity with your current requirements/situation might help provide more concrete answers, as we both are indicating it depends on many factors.
What Kari is asking for is the acquisition lifecycle time, or lead time. However, there is no way any specificity can be provided. The only real “answer” available, like many things, is that it depends.
Some dependencies of note, but are also not any where exhaustive, include:
Size and scope of the need. The more complex, the more…[Read more]
Jaime Gracia replied to the topic Are there any reports or studies with data on the impact of bad requirements in PWSs and QASPs? in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 4 years, 4 months ago
Steve – I believe you are working from a false assumption that the continued poor requirements development process is a direct function of “greener” 1102s. Granted that you will see continued poor performance as a direct result of this issue (see this article in the Washington Post), it would be difficult to make the one-for-one assumption that…[Read more]
Jaime Gracia started the topic Industry and Government Relations: Input on OFPP’s “MythBusters” in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 4 years, 4 months ago
Have an opinion on “MythBusters?” What do you think?
The Myth-busting survey has been designed to achieve the following objectives:
Determine the awareness of the OMB Myth-busting initiative
Determine if the initiative has had an impact on improving the communication between government and industry during the acquisition process
Identify areas…[Read more]
Jaime Gracia replied to the topic Small Business Utilization Goals; Fact or Friction? in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 4 years, 4 months ago
Some OSDBU offices are staffed by feds who are being put out to pasture, who know very little about their own agencies or the small business community at large. Their standard answer or advice to small businesses is to go look at FedBizOpps. Mr. Boshears is certainly not that way, in my personal dealings with him, as I believe him to be the best…[Read more]
Jaime Gracia replied to the topic Simple steps equal huge savings for the State of Indiana in the forum Acquisition2.0 4 years, 5 months ago
Good working model of the potential of strategic sourcing that can be used at the federal level.
Jaime Gracia replied to the topic In Government Contracting, Does Cost Trump Results? in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 4 years, 5 months ago
The missing component here is the lack of leadership and accountability for successful outcomes. The government should not settle for mediocracy, and certainly industry providers do not set out to provide average services. However, the LPTA environment normally drives prices below the levels of what the innovative solutions demand. Because price…[Read more]
Jaime Gracia replied to the topic Should Gov’t Raise Credit Card (micropurchase) Limit? in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 4 years, 5 months ago
Implementing this initiative not only makes sense, but would also go a long way to help improve small business goals, and expanding opportunities for small businesses and the use of simplified acquisition procedures.
With the recent Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act going into law, it will not be realistic. We can expect procurement…[Read more]
I agree, it is the height of political mendacity to create phony accountability. When the Commission on Wartime Contracting released their final report earlier this year, they stated that over $60 BILLION was unaccounted for, and presumed the victim of fraud, waste, and abuse. Washington and the media effectively shrugged their shoulders and…[Read more]
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