Washington Technology: Is acquisition innovation going mainstream?

“It was probably four years ago that I was moderating a panel on acquisition with an official from the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental organization known at the time as DIUx…”

“A lot has changed since then and you see plenty of signs across the market that the use of innovative acquisitions have spread across the government as agencies push for new technologies and solutions, plus quicker ways of buying.

Over the last week, we’ve seen two clear signs of how far this trend has gone. Michael Brown, director of DIU and a former Symantec CEO, has been nominated undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.

President Biden has also nominated Robin Carnahan as the next administrator of the General Services Administration. She’s a veteran of GSA’s 18F organization, where she ran the state and local practice. Most recently, she was a fellow at the Georgetown University Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation…”

“I think one of the most important things these two nominees can bring their organizations is cover. There are a lot of people doing innovative things across the government but there are far too many that are too risk adverse. Too afraid of failure.

Failure is not a horrible thing, if you embrace it and learn from it.

Carnahan and Brown can provide that cover that encourages those under them to try new ways to buy and deliver services. Not everything will work, but at least some will and we’ll all benefit from that…” Read the full article here.

Source: Is acquisition innovation going mainstream? – By Nick Wakeman, April 7, 2021. Washington Technology.

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