PSC and TECNA Issue Joint White Paper on Improving Federal IT

PSC and TECNA Issue Joint White Paper on Improving Federal IT

Arlington, Va., December 8, 2015—The Professional Services Council (PSC) and the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) today issued, “Delivering Results: A Framework for Federal Government Technology Access & Acquisition,” a set of guiding principles that should be embraced across government both to ensure access to the full array of capabilities that exist in the private sector and to enhance the performance of federal technology programs. The two organizations announced a unique policy and content partnership on December 1, 2015.

“PSC and TECNA represent two different yet equally crucial communities that can deliver real innovation and quality to their customers,” said PSC Executive Vice President Dave Wennergren. “That we have come together around this set of overarching principles sends a strong signal that the government is constrained by how they ask for technology solutions, not who they ask.”

“Our message is simple: government must remove the high hurdles to participation and innovation for all so that firms from across the nation can compete on a level playing field,” Wennergren said.

“The reality is that the nation will be best served by a federal acquisition and technology ecosystem that provides the flexibilities to allow both established providers and new entrants to bring innovative ideas and approaches to government,” said Skip Newberry, CEO of the Technology Association of Oregon and Chair of TECNA. “Whether a start-up or a long and well established company, success hinges on the same basic market characteristics.”

The report outlines how the government can change its practices to allow for greater participation. In addition to eliminating barriers that preclude access to innovation, the paper also provides recommendations to increase government-industry collaboration, inject flexibility into the contracting process, balance risk, and bolster the federal IT and acquisition workforces.

To view the paper, click here.

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About PSC: PSC is the voice of the government technology and professional services industry. PSC’s nearly 400 member companies represent small, medium, and large businesses that provide federal agencies with services of all kinds, including information technology, engineering, logistics, facilities management, operations and maintenance, consulting, international development, scientific, social, environmental services, and more. Together, the trade association’s members employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in all 50 states. Follow PSC on Twitter @PSCSpeaks and @StanSoloway.

About TECNA: The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) serves as the voice for the North American technology community and represents more than 50 IT and Technology trade organization. Our members represent over 22,000 technology-related companies throughout North America. We bring value to state and regional technology organizations in their effort to foster collaboration, innovation and the exchange of ideas within the fast paced and quick changing world of technology. Follow TECNA on Twitter @TechCouncils.

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