Procurement Jujitsu with San Francisco Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath

22 Sep 2016
We are back with new episodes of the Public Impact Podcast, the only podcast telling stories of success and innovation in the public sector. These are stories that you won’t always read in the newspaper, but that need to shared and celebrated. Like our episode this week, about creating a 21st...

Earn Learning Credits with Innovation Training Featuring Dan Ward!

21 Sep 2016
What if I told you that in 2010, the Department of Defense built its fastest supercomputer for 1/10th the cost of comparable machines? And what if I told you the team responsible for building it didn’t have tons of time and resources, just a bunch of old PlayStation 3s? Welcome to your new...

6 Ways for Public Sector Buyers to Get a Better Price

8 Sep 2016
In the first article on driving value in public procurement, I outlined four areas where you can achieve the many goals of procurement while also fulfilling your mission needs. In other words, ways to get the most value out of the work you do. Those levers were split those into four groups:...

Is Open Source Software a Commercial Item?

31 Aug 2016
The other morning I received an email from a federal contract specialist asking my opinion about whether open-source software is a commercial item subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation’s (FAR) Part 12 commercial item procedures. The question is a great one with important implications: an...

Stop Networking And Build Genuine Relationships

31 Aug 2016
Someone came up to me a few months ago and asked, “How do you become friends with people so quickly?” I was really surprised by the question, because I had never thought about it. So I decided to better understand not only how I build relationships, but how the best of the best do it, so I...

Don’t Fight the FAR: Innovate While Complying with Regulations

24 Aug 2016
You hear it time and again: If it weren’t for the regulations, we’d have loads of innovation in the public sector. Nowhere in government is there a more maligned document than the FAR, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, which has been blamed for any number of hurdles and failures in federal...