Towards a More Agile Government: The Case for Rebooting Federal IT Procurement

Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 41, No. 1, p. 149, Fall 2011

29 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2011

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Benjamin J. Balter

George Washington University - Law School

Abstract

To better embrace innovation and respond to changing organizational needs, the Government must embrace a two-pronged approach involving both regulatory reform and top-down support for best-practices education to empower IT-procuring agencies to pursue more agile software development methods. By requiring that detailed specifications be outlined at the onset of the process, government procurement regulations encourage the less flexible, waterfall development techniques, rather than the more modern, agile development approaches used by the private sector today. While most prior attempts to reform federal IT procurement focused solely on statutory changes, this Note proposes more modern project management practices and argues for top-down reform on both a regulatory and a human level.

Keywords: agile, code, contracting, development, enterprise, FCC, Federal, Gov 2.0, government, IT, procurement, waterfall

JEL Classification: H57, L86

Suggested Citation

Balter, Benjamin J., Towards a More Agile Government: The Case for Rebooting Federal IT Procurement. Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 41, No. 1, p. 149, Fall 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1966241

Benjamin J. Balter (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States

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