Office of American Innovation (OAI) – What to put on the “To Do” list?

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Last week’s announcement of the creation of the Office of American Innovation (OAI) was greeted with mostly positive feedback by those who have worked in procurement and government management. I wrote an article here on PSF, as did Steve Kelman from his blog on FCW, The Lectern (also appearing here on PSF).
The issues needing to be tackled are tremendous, of course. Nonetheless, a renewed focus on real change can have lasting changes on improving federal acquisition, and government management.

If you were part of the OAI, what would you tackle, and how?

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Jaime Gracia
CEO
Seville Government Consulting
jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
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  1. Thank you for your comment Girish. One can argue that what you are advocating, or at least the spirit of procurement innovation in the FAR, can be found under FAR Part 48, Value Engineering.

    By definition under FAR 48.101, General.

    (a) Value engineering is the formal technique by which contractors may (1) voluntarily suggest methods for performing more economically and share in any resulting savings or (2) be required to establish a program to identify and submit to the Government methods for performing more economically. Value engineering attempts to eliminate, without impairing essential functions or characteristics, anything that increases acquisition, operation, or support costs.

    Perhaps this approach can be more focused by redefining, what is effectively business process reengineering, to define innovation, and what procurement innovation looks like?  

     

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    Jaime Gracia
    CEO
    Seville Government Consulting
    jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
    (202) 716-0122
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 04-11-2017 18:59
    From: Girish Bhatnagar
    Subject: Office of American Innovation (OAI) – What to put on the “To Do” list?

    Office of American Innovation (OAI) could be a game changer.
    Most of the responses to the discussion, is more on reforms and improvements (Ok, innovations) in Public procurement. But what OAI is about turbocharging innovations in America – Industry, Government etc.
    In that sense what can Public Procurement help OAI achieve its objectives?
    I think if one item has to go on To-do list, it should be creation of a Public Procurement process in FAR enabling procurement of innovations, since Public Procurement mostly is geared for procurement of well-known solutions to a need. 

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    Girish Bhatnagar
    Public Procurement Consultant
    World Bank, Government of India etc
    Presently in Austin TX
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 04-05-2017 14:34
    From: Jaime Gracia
    Subject: Office of American Innovation (OAI) – What to put on the “To Do” list?

    Last week’s announcement of the creation of the Office of American Innovation (OAI) was greeted with mostly positive feedback by those who have worked in procurement and government management. I wrote an article here on PSF, as did Steve Kelman from his blog on FCW, The Lectern (also appearing here on PSF).

    The issues needing to be tackled are tremendous, of course. Nonetheless, a renewed focus on real change can have lasting changes on improving federal acquisition, and government management. 

    If you were part of the OAI, what would you tackle, and how?

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    Jaime Gracia
    CEO
    Seville Government Consulting
    jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
    (202) 716-0122
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  2. Office of American Innovation (OAI) could be a game changer.
    Most of the responses to the discussion, is more on reforms and improvements (Ok, innovations) in Public procurement. But what OAI is about turbocharging innovations in America – Industry, Government etc.
    In that sense what can Public Procurement help OAI achieve its objectives?
    I think if one item has to go on To-do list, it should be creation of a Public Procurement process in FAR enabling procurement of innovations, since Public Procurement mostly is geared for procurement of well-known solutions to a need. 

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    Girish Bhatnagar
    Public Procurement Consultant
    World Bank, Government of India etc
    Presently in Austin TX
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 04-05-2017 14:34
    From: Jaime Gracia
    Subject: Office of American Innovation (OAI) – What to put on the “To Do” list?

    Last week’s announcement of the creation of the Office of American Innovation (OAI) was greeted with mostly positive feedback by those who have worked in procurement and government management. I wrote an article here on PSF, as did Steve Kelman from his blog on FCW, The Lectern (also appearing here on PSF).

    The issues needing to be tackled are tremendous, of course. Nonetheless, a renewed focus on real change can have lasting changes on improving federal acquisition, and government management. 

    If you were part of the OAI, what would you tackle, and how?

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    Jaime Gracia
    CEO
    Seville Government Consulting
    jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
    (202) 716-0122
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  3. Thank you Joseph for the article. Although much more accepted in the private sector, public sector procurement continues to suffer from the ability to collaborate and communicate with vendors, which is vital for effective outcomes as the article describes. This is for a variety of issues, but risk avoidance and culture, combined with with poor incentives and a lack of training, are common contributory factors.

    One area that has been an important supply chain method, that does much of what the article highlights, is performance-based logistics (PBL). Not a new program, but certainly one that is worth considering to see the successes in defense procurement, and how they can be more broadly applied across government into performance-based acquisition.

    http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/pentagon-industry-show-the-value-performance-based-logistics-19792

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    Jaime Gracia
    CEO
    Seville Government Consulting
    jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
    (202) 716-0122
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 04-10-2017 17:28
    From: Joseph Sandor
    Subject: Office of American Innovation (OAI) – What to put on the “To Do” list?

    Unleash the power of Supplier Loyalty by focusing on innovative outcomes versus competition.┬á As Deming observed, “If economists understood collaboration, they would not teach competition”.

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    Joseph Sandor
    Professor
    Michigan State University
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 04-05-2017 14:34
    From: Jaime Gracia
    Subject: Office of American Innovation (OAI) – What to put on the “To Do” list?

    Last week’s announcement of the creation of the Office of American Innovation (OAI) was greeted with mostly positive feedback by those who have worked in procurement and government management. I wrote an article here on PSF, as did Steve Kelman from his blog on FCW, The Lectern (also appearing here on PSF).

    The issues needing to be tackled are tremendous, of course. Nonetheless, a renewed focus on real change can have lasting changes on improving federal acquisition, and government management. 

    If you were part of the OAI, what would you tackle, and how?

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    Jaime Gracia
    CEO
    Seville Government Consulting
    jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
    (202) 716-0122
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  4. Unleash the power of Supplier Loyalty by focusing on innovative outcomes versus competition.┬á As Deming observed, “If economists understood collaboration, they would not teach competition”.

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    Joseph Sandor
    Professor
    Michigan State University
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 04-05-2017 14:34
    From: Jaime Gracia
    Subject: Office of American Innovation (OAI) – What to put on the “To Do” list?

    Last week’s announcement of the creation of the Office of American Innovation (OAI) was greeted with mostly positive feedback by those who have worked in procurement and government management. I wrote an article here on PSF, as did Steve Kelman from his blog on FCW, The Lectern (also appearing here on PSF).

    The issues needing to be tackled are tremendous, of course. Nonetheless, a renewed focus on real change can have lasting changes on improving federal acquisition, and government management. 

    If you were part of the OAI, what would you tackle, and how?

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    Jaime Gracia
    CEO
    Seville Government Consulting
    jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
    (202) 716-0122
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  5. Great Topic again! I would like to see the OAI tackle export control regulations. My experience has been that although Congress has established authorities to attract nontraditional contractors and their state-or-the-art advances in technology, these global corporations remain inaccessible due to overly burdensome export regulations (ITAR/EAR). I would like to see the OAI ease regulation, especially as it pertains to unintentional export of technical data.

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    Benjamin McMartin
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 04-05-2017 14:34
    From: Jaime Gracia
    Subject: Office of American Innovation (OAI) – What to put on the “To Do” list?

    Last week’s announcement of the creation of the Office of American Innovation (OAI) was greeted with mostly positive feedback by those who have worked in procurement and government management. I wrote an article here on PSF, as did Steve Kelman from his blog on FCW, The Lectern (also appearing here on PSF).

    The issues needing to be tackled are tremendous, of course. Nonetheless, a renewed focus on real change can have lasting changes on improving federal acquisition, and government management. 

    If you were part of the OAI, what would you tackle, and how?

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    Jaime Gracia
    CEO
    Seville Government Consulting
    jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
    (202) 716-0122
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