Meet the new face of federal IT contractors

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Department of Homeland Security’s Flexible Agile Support for the Homeland procurement — a $1.5 billion IDIQ for agile software development services. DHS attracted about 100 vendors to participate in a “tech demo,” where each came in to work on an actual project for half a day, which replaced proposal writing. The FLASH award was protested by some of the losers, and DHS eventually decided some of the criticisms had merit — though they represented honest mistakes — and cancelled the procurement.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Department of Homeland Security’s Flexible Agile Support for the Homeland procurement — a $1.5 billion IDIQ for agile software development services. DHS attracted about 100 vendors to participate in a “tech demo,” where each came in to work on an actual project for half a day, which replaced proposal writing.

I contacted some of the winners to learn more about this new face of federal IT contractors.

These are not your grandfather’s IT contractors. They represent a very different world from the large legacy IT contractors, four of five of whom are the IT divisions of defense contractors.

I contacted some of the winners to learn more about this new face of federal IT contractors.

Meanwhile, I am overjoyed that the government is getting the advantage of new players such as Navitas. The letter to DHS and the firms behind it are a sharp — though friendly — jolt for the system. May many more follow them!

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Harvard Kennedy School professor, does research on improving government performance. also strong amateur interest in China and learning Chinese

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Steve Kelman

Harvard Kennedy School professor, does research on improving government performance. also strong amateur interest in China and learning Chinese