Mary Davie leads the government-wide Information Technology Category as well as the General Services Administration’s IT Category. She recently held a discussion with 50 IT company representatives to chew over what works and what doesn’t in federal IT procurement. Davie said she wasn’t surprised by the takeaways, but she was in violent agreement with a few:
Imagine pushing a button to send an army of unseen bots to handle the drudgery of your job. Filling out forms, passing information among groups, handling sign-offs, that sort of thing. Then imagine that you could buy such an army as a service from another agency that has to follow the same regulations and receives the same kind of oversight as yours.
Federal agency reorganizers should pay special attention to the new Government Accountability Office report on fragmentation, overlap and duplication released today.
In “Is IT exempt from Trump’s ‘Buy American’ order?,” FCW’s Troy Schneider quotes ASI CEO Tim Cooke offering an out-of-the-box proposal for agencies seeking ways to comply. Use category management, he suggests.