White House launches innovative acquisition labs

The White House is building labs for agencies to test and tinker with innovative acquisition methodologies, hoping to improve the way the government buys technology.

U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung and U.S. CIO Tony Scott issued a memo to CFO Act agency CIOs and CAOs Wednesday directing them to establish IT-focused innovative acquisition labs by May 2.

Those labs should “provide the agency’s workforce with a clear pathway to test and document new acquisition practices and facilitate fresh perspectives on existing practices” and “help programs and [integrated project teams] successfully execute emerging and well-established acquisition practices to achieve better results for the taxpayer.”

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