February 17, 2016
Peter Kamocsai, Research Associate, Government Affairs, Partnership for Public Service
When government and the private sector innovate together, we help gravely injured veterans walk again, we save lives through faster emergency responses and we send people to the moon.
A key enabler of innovations in government are acquisitions—government contracting for goods and services. Last year alone, the government spent $440 billion on acquisitions—enough to buy Facebook, Disney and Starbucks together. Those $440 billion were spent on goods and services crucial to achieving agency missions.
But how is this relevant to the presidential transition?
The Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton interviewed dozens of federal officials who are working to form strategic partnerships with the private sector for our report, “Innovation is a Contract Sport.” The report’s recommendations can help bridge the gap between administrations, preparing the new administration to take on the mantle of innovating through acquisitions on January 20th, 2017.
Transition teams need to maintain and accelerate the innovation momentum within federal agencies.
The issues critical to reaching this goal include:
The bottom line is that the transition teams and agency leaders need to make sure that the new administration can expand government-industry partnerships to address the nation’s most pressing challenges.