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The amount of time it takes for agencies to issue solicitations and the complexity people bring to their commercial IT purchases are “unnecessary,” Mark Hopson, 18F’s innovation specialist, said. When it comes to buying digital tools and services, agencies get too hung up on what they believe they’re not allowed to do and it doesn’t have to be that way. “I’ve never heard anyone say the acquisition process is fine,” Hopson said at an event hosted by Comptia. “I don’t honestly know why it has so much consternation. It shouldn’t be this hard.”
“Let’s do things like industry days and let’s have these outreach sessions so you can actually understand what the marketplace looks like for the thing you’re doing,” he said. “Have that inform your solicitation, as opposed to just dusting off something from 10 years ago that was handed down… and do word replace and change the dates.”

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