Let's Argue Procurement. It's Healthy.

August 26, 2011

A few weeks ago, a little debate broke out between two of the country's leading procurement experts — both of whom have been close friends and colleagues of mine for some 20 years.

Steve Kelman, former administrator of federal procurement policy, is a leading advocate of procurement contests and sees them as highly innovative procurement strategies that offer enormous opportunities for the government to rapidly acquire innovative solutions.

Alan Chvotkin, who has also been my partner at the Professional Services Council for the past decade, took a slightly more cautious approach. Although PSC has consistently advocated for more innovation in federal acquisition, Chvotkin also argued in a recent Washington Business Journal column that innovative strategies such as contests should not inappropriately ignore or sidestep the basic tenets of federal procurement. Kelman took Chvotkin and PSC to task for the WBJ column in his Federal Computer Week blog. 

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