U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung has called on federal agencies to establish laboratories that will help them adopt best practices for buying information technology products and services.
She wrote in a blog article published Wednesday an agency Acquisition Innovation Lab must place emphasis on how to manage IT investments and seek input from vendors on digital acquisition tool development programs.
Rung instructed agencies to appoint their acquisition innovation advocates to manage testing of new buying strategies and share approaches through an AIA Council.
She outlined guidelines for the creation of labs in a memoradum that she sent Wednesday to agency chief acquisition officers, senior procurement executives and CIOs.
The memo builds on previous initiatives of the departments of Homeland Security and the Health and Human Services to establish acquisition innovation labs as well as other agency efforts to streamline the government acquisition process, she noted.