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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.
  • Cloud Acquisition for Federal Enterprises (Cloud CAFE) project
  • Myth-Buster programs to clarify policy
  • DOD 809 Working Group provided suggestions to DOD on acquisition improvements
  • Accelerating IT Modernization Through Acquisition Innovation Initiative


The ACT-IAC Institute for Innovation, in coordination with the Acquisition and IT Management and Modernization Communities of Interest (COIs), is conducting an "Accelerating IT Modernization Through Acquisition Innovation Initiative".  The initiative is designed to speed the adoption of innovative acquisition practices to accelerate the IT modernization called for in the President’s Management Agenda (PMA).  The initiative is sponsored by OMB’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy and led by Tim Cooke, who successfully led the ACT-IAC Acquisition Excellence Conferences in 2017 and 2018. The initiative has four teams focused on successful acquisitions of modern technology, acquisition process improvement, resources and authorities that enable enhanced acquisition, and successful buying organizations and what makes them successful. Results from these teams' work is planned to be presented during the Acquisition Excellence 2019 conference on March 12, 2019.

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


Projects undertaken by ACT-IAC.

ACT-IAC Papers

Additional Resources

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
RFI for Establishing a Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center
Request for comments on proposed policy "Use of Acquisition 360 to encourage vendor feedback"
DHS Procurement Innovation Lab 2018 Annual Report
First EIS contract awards loom
GSA IT Acquisition Summit 2018 event in Atlanta on June 14, 2018 (Agenda)
GSA IT Acquisition Summit 2018 event in Atlanta on June 14, 2018 (Flyer)
GovFlex Helps Government Contracting With Changes in Talent Acquisition
GSA weighing ‘multiple initiatives’ for next CoE projects in 2019
Recognizing the Need for Innovation in Acquisition
DHS Will Soon Launch CDM Service for Smaller Agencies
DoD Restructures its Acquisition, Technology, Logistics Organization
Emily Murphy: GSA Eyes Procurement Innovation Through Shared Services, E-Commerce Portal
3 ways Emily Murphy’s GSA is looking to innovate acquisition
CDM program finalizing shared services platform for smaller agencies
How GSA turned an automation project into a acquisition time-saver
President's Management Agenda
OMB Guidance (M--18-12) on Implementation of the Modernizing Government Technology Act
GSA Wants Streamlined Offer Forms
GSA points to Alliant 2 success for future of industry engagement
OMB wants acquisition innovation