Managed creativity: Balancing the drive for innovative thinking with preserving a level playing field in acquisition

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Government today faces an ever-present challenge to meet expansive and dynamic mission imperatives with limited budgets and resources. Accomplishing these missions efficiently and effectively requires harnessing the best thinking that society has to offer. The federal acquisition process has traditionally sought to achieve equity in the buying process and as a result has become heavily risk-averse in using acquisition flexibility to drive innovation. As a new administration develops its Management Agenda for the federal government, a priority must be placed on improved industry engagement. To access the best that industry has to offer, the federal acquisition environment requires experienced professionals who are empowered to act as stewards of the public interest, a culture that enables risk-taking, and processes that drive discovery of true innovation.

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This article originally appeared in The Public Manager.