Noel Dickover replied to the topic Need your help – first test of BetterBuy Project idea applied to federal acquisition process in the forum Acquisition2.0 11 years, 5 months ago
Based on the DefenseSolutions.gov experience, I think the two ways you can go are to receive all the comments and ideas confidentially (this is what DefenseSolutions.gov does, along with protecting intellectual property for 5 years), or make the process open and transparent. The Wiki approach implies the open and transparent approach.
Regarding Industry, I would not allow anonymous access, and would require everyone who registers to make their profile public, along with company affiliation. The concern would be if certain industry players want to game outcomes towards their skillsets – this should be allowed, but it should be transparent. Industry should be allowed to make their own pages, but they should be linked on their profile page (many wiki products do this automatically).
As long as everyone is posting transparently, I think it really gets to the idea that participation open government implies trusted conversation. For this process, while I do see the value of anonymous contributions, and I certainly can imagine a number of downsides. Perhaps there is a middle ground someone can do by requesting an account with a pseudonym that GSA or NAPA approves – meaning GSA/NAPA knows who they are, and verifies that they are an individual instead of a company, but their profile isn’t shared.
Regarding the idea of developing the requirements or posting a general need, I’m clearly biased, and would go strongly in favor of a DefenseSolutions “post the problem/need” approach and look for crowdsourced solutions. Perhaps another approach is to do “Open Govt Projects”, which allowed significant participation from many participants, including the ability to add resources to the project. I’m guessing this might require an act of congress to truly pull off, but it would be a worthy endeavor to work up a proposal for an enlightened Representative/Senator to take up.
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