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Improving IT Vendor & Government Communication and Collaboration

Help shape plans that support government-wide acquisition priorities and initiatives

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

Type of Challenge: Ideas
Submission Start: 06/01/2021 10:00 AM ET
Submission End: 06/30/2021 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 key government-wide acquisition priorities and initiatives focused on improving IT vendor and government communication and collaboration.

Challenge Statement: The Federal government spends over $90 billion annually on information technology (IT). Currently, Federal agencies are conducting IT acquisitions independently and there is not a platform to share best practices, lessons learned, and expertise across the entire federal government. Furthermore, agencies pay varying amounts for the same IT products and services, conduct redundant acquisition activities, and enter agreements with different terms and conditions. In order to fully realize the benefits of coordinated buying approaches like category management, federal agencies need a shared voice to engage with the vendor community and effectively promote two-way communication and ongoing collaboration with IT vendors and suppliers, to include large and small businesses, throughout the acquisition lifecycle.

Challenge Questions: Of particular interest are epic ideas that address the following challenge questions:

  • What mechanisms (i.e., tools, practices) can be used or created to engage industry in open, ongoing, and transparent dialogue about procurement issues and challenges?
  • How can the federal government effectively co-create requirements with industry?
  • How can we strengthen vendor and supplier relationships?
  • How can we improve communication with industry?
  • How can we promote a diverse federal IT marketplace?

Key Dates

This EPIC challenge will remain open until June 30, 2021.

Prizes

Monetary prize awards are not being offered as part of this Challenge.

Non-monetary Prizes

EPIC Opportunity: Selected ideas will be referred to the OMB created Information Technology Vendor Management Office (ITVMO) for potential incorporation into plans supporting Administration priorities and governmentwide vendor management initiatives. The ITVMO serves as a trusted independent advisor and advocate to help agencies buy common IT goods and services in compliance with procurement laws.

Note: The ITVMO was created by OMB, in partnership with the General Services Administration (GSA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense to provide government-wide vendor relationship management services and to advance the Administration’s priorities.

Rules

Participation 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

    Judging Panel

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

    Judging Criteria

    Ideas will be refined by the authors and reviewed by OFPP and/or other experts for potential referral to the ITVMO for further consideration to incorporate into plans supporting government-wide priorities and government-wide acquisition initiatives.

    How to Enter

    How to Participate

    • You must create an IdeaScale account and register to participate in the challenge here: https://ofpp.ideascalegov.com/a/sso/login
    • As a registered participant (each, a “User”), you will then be able to participate in this epic campaign by submitting new ideas, commenting on ideas, and voting on ideas.
    • Once logged into https://ofpp.ideascalegov.com/, select the “Improving IT Vendor & Government Communication and Collaboration” EPIC Campaign link under “Active Campaigns” to view 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. 
    • You may also participate by commenting on existing ideas and voting for your favorite ideas.

    The most popular ideas will be voted on through the the IdeaScale platform, refined, and reviewed by OFPP and others with expertise for potential incorporation into plans supporting government-wide acquisition priorities and initiatives.

    Note: To complement this epic challenge, on May 12, 2021, the ITVMO released a Request for Information (RFI) entitled Improving IT Vendor & Government Communication and Collaboration that seeks ideas to promote two-way communication and ongoing collaboration with IT vendors and suppliers. The RFI and this epic challenge are part of the same opportunity. Interested parties may respond via eBuy to the RFI or through the IdeaScale platform. Parties do not need to submit ideas in both locations.

    The RFI will be open for responses for two weeks beginning May 12, 2021. At the close of the two-week RFI period, all submissions received via eBuy will be posted to this EPIC campaign on IdeaScale platform. As a result, all vendor submissions or ideas will be included in the vote, rank, and selection process facilitated in IdeaScale and ultimately reviewed by OMB and the ITVMO as a part of this challenge that concludes on June 30, 2021.

    Submission URL

    Please use the following URL to submit your responses: https://ofpp.ideascalegov.com/