Beth McGrath, former deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department, has called for a cultural change and reform in the process of acquiring information technology platforms at DoD.
McGrath, now a director at Deloitte Consulting LLP, wrote in a Breaking Defense opinion piece published Wednesday that agency leaders should align government IT tools with business objectives to help up speed up acquisitions and meet delivery schedules.
Agencies can achieve those two goals if the define capability requirements, adopt share-in-savings contracts and deliver functionalities on an incremental basis, she said.
She also urged DoD executives to address cultural issues within the department through incentives to individuals who prefer to adopt innovative acquisition processes.
“Employees who strive to innovate but fail should not be punished for it,” McGrath said.
“Failure should be regarded as an acceptable outcome along the road to developing a better system.”