The federal government spends about $80 billion yearly on information technology purchases, but doesn’t always receive the full value’s worth of that money. Fortunately, there are a number of proven practices such as human-centered design and agile software development that can help close the gap. But how can agencies adapt their acquisition policies, processes, and team structures to take advantage of these new and promising ways of working?
The Digital Acquisition Accelerator is a pilot program aimed at helping agencies accelerate the adoption of digital acquisition practices.
We provide agencies with the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to succeed with digital acquisitions, coaching them through five phases:
The first cohort of the Digital Acquisition Accelerator kicked off June 2016 two teams from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Treasury.
"Establishing Acquisition Innovation Labs government-wide will play an increasingly important role in empowering and equipping agency employees to implement their promising ideas and foster a culture of innovation that leverages proven government and private sector practices."
"In a challenging environment where legacy software systems, policy restrictions, and lengthy contracts can hamper new ways of approaching product development, it’s easy for teams looking to be more agile to become discouraged. Our model emphasizes having a cohort that allows for cross-functional as well as cross-agency networking and learning."