The procurement process, that is how things are bought by government agencies, is an often overlooked component of the IT ecosystem. One of the greatest ways to foster innovation, which, in turn, enables government agencies to meet their missions to a higher standard and for lower cost, is by having a competitive procurement process.
While federal agency procurement regulations are written to foster competitiveness, there’s still plenty of room for purchasing to be a rote decision. This inclination to “do things they way they’ve always been done” often eliminates competition procurement process. According to a recent Government Business Council study published in Government Executive, 40 percent of respondents revealed that brand-specific sourcing occurs in the procurement process and that more than half of agency respondents had experienced vendor lock-in. These issues, along with a lack of knowledge about the IT market and a lack of competition within the re-seller market are all hurting government agencies’ ability to innovate, reduce IT costs, and eroding public trust.
As part of their study the Government Business Council produced an infographic that gives you an ‘at-a-glance’ snapshot of why the procurement process is so important to government agencies looking to drive innovation and cost reduction in order to provide better services to their end users.
You can view the infographic over on Government Executive