Government procurement is often no picnic. If you’ve been involved in selling to government for any length of time, you know the myriad of rules, regulations and hoops you must jump through in order to successfully compete. Of course, these rules are required to a degree to protect us, the American taxpayer and promote fair business practices. Yet, many times these formalities have detrimental unintended consequences. This is particularly true in the rapidly changing world of technology.
The linked article, Five Government Procurement Practices that Stifle Innovation, by Justine Brown in Public CIO magazine brings up some great points about how procurement rules can stifle technology (and what some agencies are doing to make things better). It’s well worth a quick read.