Procurement Jujitsu with San Francisco Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath

Sep 22, 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...

Public Procurement Best Practices Exchange Hits London and the United Kingdom

Sep 21, 2016
Last week, we held the kick-off meeting for the Public Spend Forum Best Practices Exchange in the UK. The Exchange has been a feature of the Public Spend Forum program in the USA for a year or more now, one of the elements of the PSF initiative launched by Raj Sharma and his team. Nancy Clinton and...

6 Ways for Public Sector Buyers to Get a Better Price

Sep 8, 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 FAR Part 12 Commercial Item?

Aug 31, 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...

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

Aug 24, 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...

VIDEO: An Introduction to the Digital Services Playbook

Aug 23, 2016
Within 10 months of the failed October 2013 rollout of Healthcare.gov, the White House launched the United States Digital Service (USDS) to “work in collaboration with other government agencies to make websites more consumer friendly, to identify and fix problems, and to help upgrade the...

Stop Networking And Build Genuine Relationships

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...