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Engaging Procurement Ideas to Consider (EPIC) Campaign

Help shape plans that support the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) and other key government-wide acquisition priorities and initiatives

Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP)

Type of Challenge: Ideas
Submission Start: 04/12/2021 10:00 AM ET
Submission End: 12/31/2021 11:59 PM ET

Description

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Executive Office of the President (EOP) is seeking EPIC - engaging procurement ideas to consider - as they work with the new Administration on the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) and other government-wide acquisition priorities and initiatives.

Submit big and small ideas for improving procurement. Good ideas often come from the collision of smaller ideas that come together to form bigger ideas that have potential to become revolutionary ideas. This crowdsourcing campaign provides space for those smaller ideas to collide, come together and become something greater than the sum of their parts. By participating in the EPIC Campaign, you have the opportunity to contribute the missing piece to complete the idea that will facilitate rapid and meaningful progress in the field of federal procurement.

Of particular interest are ideas that:

  • build on ideas and concepts outlined in OFPP memoranda that address longstanding issues in federal procurement, such as:

    • reducing procurement administrative lead time (PALT)
    • improving acquisition of common products and services using category management; and
    • preparing the acquisition workforce for the future
  • advance the Administration’s priorities in:

    • strengthening supply chain risk management and supplier resiliency;
    • domestic sourcing (buying American products/services);
    • providing racial equity and diversity in procurement; and
    • purchasing green sustainable products to address the climate crisis;
  • apply advanced analytics, business intelligence, and modern and emerging technology to improve to improve procurement processes and decision making.

Participate in the campaign by submitting new ideas, commenting on existing ideas, and voting for your favorite ideas. The most popular ideas will be voted on by the community, refined, and reviewed by OFPP and others with expertise for potential incorporation into plans supporting Administration priorities and other government-wide acquisition initiatives.

EPIC Opportunity: By participating in the EPIC Campaign, you will be collaborating with a diverse group of experts and decision makers in the field of federal procurement. You’ll have the opportunity to tap into the crowd for fresh ideas and perspectives on challenging procurement issues. This is your opportunity to be a catalyst for real change in federal procurement. By sharing your ideas, commenting on other’s ideas, and contributing to dialogue on an important procurement topic, you can facilitate meaningful collaboration and drive innovation in federal procurement.

Key Dates

The EPIC campaign will remain continuously open so that ideas may be submitted at any time. Ideas will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The first round of ideas will be reviewed June 30, 2021 and then estimated to be quarterly thereafter until the end of the calendar year. Additional reviews will be announced as they become available.

Rules

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will use the websites, mobile apps, applications, and other products and services (collectively, the “Services”) provided by IdeaScale, a California corporation, and any of its related, affiliated or subsidiary companies (collectively, “IdeaScale”) to host the OFPP Innovates IdeaScale community (collectively, the “Community”). OMB, or its designated partners, will issue challenges, questions, requests for feedback, calls for ideas (collectively, “Campaigns”) to the Community to promote communication, outreach, and dialogue on federal acquisition matters.

  • Registration. In order to participate in the Community, you must register for the Services or have been invited to the Services by IdeaScale or an IdeaScale Customer. As part of the registration process, we collect only the information needed to set up a Community account. This information includes your name, email address, and a password. We collect no other Personal Information about you other than that which you choose to provide as part of the registration process.
  • OMB reserves the right for any reason to modify or close Campaigns at any time.
  • Unless otherwise noted, Campaigns are issued to collect insight and is not a competition where prizes will be awarded.
  • User submissions. Users may participate Campaigns by voting for an idea, posting ideas, comments, suggestions, graphics, photographs, video, or any other information, content, or materials (collectively “Submissions”) to the Community. All users participating in Campaigns agree to the following:

    • Submissions are entirely voluntary, non-confidential, gratuitous, and non-committal.
    • Only post materials directly related to the topic or challenge being discussed.
    • Refrain from posting materials that promote services or products unless they directly relate to the topic or challenge being discussed.
    • Do not submit any confidential, proprietary or sensitive information that you do not wish to be made public.
    • Any information provided may be made publicly available or incorporated into future OMB initiatives. Information submitted in response to this notice is subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
    • Unless explicitly stated, Submissions are provided in the user’s personal capacity and do not represent the views or opinions of people, institutions, employers, or organizations the user may or may not be associated with in a professional or personal capacity.
    • OMB is under no obligation to acknowledge, compensate or provide feedback with respect to any information or materials included in a Submission.
    • Users agree to hold OMB harmless from all legal and administrative claims to include associated expenses that may arise from any claims related to their Submission or its use.
    • OMB will not be responsible for any claims or complaints from third parties about any disputes of ownership regarding the ideas, technology, white papers, prototypes, or images in Submissions.

Eligibility Requirements

This challenge is open to Feds and non-Feds.

Terms & Conditions

These IdeaScale End User Terms and Conditions (“Terms”) apply to your access to and use of the websites, mobile apps, applications, and other products and services (collectively, the “Services”) provided by IdeaScale, a California corporation, and any of its related, affiliated or subsidiary companies (collectively, “IdeaScale”). By accessing or using the Services, you indicate that you have read, understand and agree with the Terms and all IdeaScale rules and policies, including IdeaScale’s Privacy Policy. THESE TERMS CONTAIN DISCLAIMERS, PROVISIONS THAT LIMIT IDEASCALE’S LIABILITY TO YOU, AND PROVISONS THAT REQUIRE DISPUTES TO BE RESOLVED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS. If you do not agree with these Terms, do not access or use the Services.

Judging Criteria

Ideas submitted will be reviewed, voted on, and refined (as appropriate) by the community.

Ideas will be evaluated and refined by OFPP and/or other experts for potential incorporation into plans supporting Administration priorities and government-wide acquisition initiatives.

How to Enter

  • You must create an account and register to participate in the challenge here: https://ofpp.ideascalegov.com/
  • As a registered participant (each, a “User”), you will then be able to participate in the EPIC Campaign by submitting new ideas, commenting on ideas, and voting on ideas.
  • Once logged into https://ofpp.ideascalegov.com/, select the EPIC Campaign link under “Active Campaigns” to review full details about the campaign.
  • To submit a new idea, click the “Submit New Idea” button. After giving your idea a short title, you will be asked to tell us about your idea, why it’s important and what will accomplish.

Point of Contact

Have feedback or questions about this challenge? Send the challenge manager an email