Agile And Acquisition - The Of Contracting?

Emily Jarvis | GovLoop | August 12, 2013

"If you could fix hiring and buying in the federal government, you would fix 90% of it's problems," said Bryan Sivak. Sivak is the Chief Technology Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services. 

One of the ways the Coast Guard is trying to solve half of that equation is by using more agile acquisitions. Dan Taylor recently retired as a Captain in the Coast Guard. He told me that when it comes to defining and gathering requirements for an agile acquisition we often spend too much time setting them up at the beginning.

"We often spend far more time than we should defining up front requirements. By the time you get started and by the time you get through all the approvals, your requirements have changed. [...]."