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4/9/2014
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Nitin Pradhan
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Wanted: Yelp For Government IT Contractors

Former US Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan shares five innovative ideas inspired by the likes of Amazon and Yelp, to streamline federal IT.

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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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4/9/2014 | 12:44:27 PM
What's the hurdle?
What stops people inside government IT from creating a Yelp for government IT contractors? All kinds of companies pool information internally on freelance and contract workers; what has taken government IT inside agencies so long to address this issue?
WKash
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4/9/2014 | 8:40:28 PM
Re: What's the hurdle?
Nitin Pradhan replied by email to say: "The problem is the coordination between the many agencies, the many approvals of congress and agencies to publish such data and the pushback from government contractors."

WKash
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WKash,
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4/9/2014 | 7:23:12 PM
LPTA
Nitin, Some great ideas here -- but in particular, I agree with your suggestion that contractors pursuing lowest price technically available (LPTA) contracts must face consequences for delivering a deficient technology product.  LPTA's are a false economy.  You're right: LPTA-delivered products are costly to correct, time consuming to improve, and difficult to maintain.
LindaC873
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4/18/2014 | 8:08:26 PM
Interesting and thoughtful ... but
As it relates to LPTA, there have been best-value procurements that have been failures and have been costly to correct.  I think the point here is that there are some items, for example, commodity items, where LPTA may make sense.  Where I believe the government falls short is in developing effective relationships between the program and the procurement organizations to partner in making the appropriate choices.  

As it relates to innovation -- we all know that many innovations fail.  When considering the political costs to some failures, many government agencies can't afford innovation.  Nevertheless, I'd like to point out a NASA program that nurtures such innovation.  (http://techtransfer.gsfc.nasa.gov/) This program encourages much of the innovation that this article discusses.  

The notion of a YELP for government is intruiging.  No doubt this would have to be anonymous, but sadly sometimes anonymity breeds poor behavior.  I think Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) is promising.  

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