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Acquisition Innovation


Acquisition policy is an overarching topic for ACT-IAC.  Our activities focus on innovation of the acquisition process to deliver technology solutions. 

Some of the activities within ACT-IAC include:

  • An Acquisition Community of Interest that serves as a knowledge network of government acquisition professionals, contractors, academics, and others who share information and experience about acquisition challenges, developing and piloting innovative solutions, and disseminating best practices.
  • Myth-Buster programs to clarify policy
  • DOD 809 Working Group provided suggestions to DOD on acquisition improvements
  • Accelerating IT Modernization Through Acquisition Innovation Initiative

Current and Upcoming Projects and events

  • The ACT-IAC Institute for Innovation, in coordination with the Acquisition and IT Management and Modernization Communities of Interest (COIs), is conducting a project to speed the adoption of innovative acquisition practices in support of the goals in the President’s Management Agenda (PMA).  The initiative is sponsored by OMB’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy and led by Tim Cooke. In 2019, the project created the "Periodic Table of Acquisition Elements" - a platform to capture best practices across the acquisition lifecycle. Efforts in the coming year will focus on maturing the platform, enhancing its content, and promoting its adoption and use.



For more information on Acquisition Innovation, contact Mike Howell or call ACT-IAC at (703)208-4800.


Projects undertaken by ACT-IAC.

Additional Resources

Acquisition Innovation Project Case Study
DHS Procurement Innovation Lab Fiscal Year 2019 Yearbook: Coaching Innovation
Building out program management capabilities in government
Faster patents require faster IT and contracting, and USPTO’s CIO has goals in place
USPTO Adopting New Contract Strategy Amid Modernization Drive
Working to simplify acquisition innovations, Tim Cooke (ASI) on Government Matters
Frictionless federal acquisition? It’s possible and a new online tool can help
OFPP and ACT-IAC Partner to help contracting officers and program managers find and share ways to make federal acquisition easier.
GSA MAS Program Director Stephanie Shutt breaks down MAS Consolidation efforts and next steps.
GSA takes first major step in schedules consolidation journey
GSA's schedule merger to show changes next summer
DHS Tries Again to Build a Contract for Agile Development
DHS cloud migration RFP may arrive this fall under EAGLE NextGen
New GSA Dashboards Will Leverage Small Business Role, Agency Goals in Acquisition Processes
[Acquisition] Innovation Inspiration: It’s Here
GSA Chief: Leadership Must Protect Workforce to Drive Innovation
China’s Cyber Prowess is Shaping How the Pentagon Buys
Federal Acquisition Security Council to hold first meeting soon
GSA releases RFQ for Centers of Excellence model to ‘deliver results far more easily’
FAS looks to tech transformation
Buying as One: Category Management Lessons from the United Kingdom
Report of the Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations, Volume 3, DoD 809 Panel
DHS’ Eric Cho: Oral Presentations Could Help Agencies Facilitate Vendor Selection Under EIS Contract
GSA tests a more transparent approach to eBuy
ACT-IAC conference shows agencies, industry trying to simplify federal acquisition