Legislation Threatens Progress on Agency-Industry Partnerships

July 22, 2012

For years, agencies and the contractor community have been working to build and improve communications channels. The idea was to allow a free-flowing exchange of ideas and lessons learned, breaking down barriers and ultimately providing better service to the citizen.

But recent transgressions at the General Services Administration and legislation moving through Congress threaten to turn back progress, impede government employees from valuable training opportunities, and chill the government-industry relationship.

Public-private collaboration is a mainstay of the federal information technology community in everything from cloud computing and cybersecurity to mobility and shared services. Partnerships are building the nation's new energy infrastructure through the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. They are connecting citizens, businesses, industry and researchers to develop new transportation solutions through the Digital Transportation Exchange Initiative. 

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