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Wolf Tombe: Fed Acquisition Reforms Could Drive Innovation, Service Timeliness

Wolf Tombe
Wolf Tombe

Some federal agency and industry officials are pushing for a streamlined federal acquisition process to encourage and keep up with technology innovation, Fedscoop reported.

Dan Verton writes that Wolf Tombe, chief technology officer of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said these changes could boost timeliness in service delivery and enable the private sector to give feedback to federal requirements managers.

“It makes no sense to put out a contract for three months’ worth of work to build a mobile app and take 18 months to get that award out the door,” Tombe told FedScoop.

Verton reports that acquisition officials face challenges due to the complexity of Federal Acquisition Regulations, the associated sanctions for violating such regulations and potential program delays due to bid protests.

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