The administration has launched TechFAR Hub, designed to provide agency personnel involved in the procurement process with tools and resources for applying industry best practices to digital service acquisitions.
The online tool, available through the GSA Acquisition Gateway, is a “a one-stop portal for contract information, pricing tools, best practices, and other information,” U.S. Digital Service administrator Mikey Dickerson and Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung said in the announcement.
“Using the TechFAR Hub, acquisition professionals and other stakeholders in digital acquisition can discover resources that describe successful practices, discuss these ideas with other members of the community, get digital IT support through step-by-step aides built by agency experts, and then share what they learned with the community,” they said.
Resources include a compilation of courses, podcasts, and case studies in digital services acquisition, a central online location to ask questions and share best practices on issues such as open source software, and a feature that generates a plain-language, customized solicitation as a replacement for “outdated templates that may be burdensome and duplicative.”
It follows other initiatives including release in 2014 of the TechFAR Handbook, the OMB-sponsored category management initiative and the recently announced OMB software licensing policy.
The officials said all the steps have the common theme of breaking down silos in government IT acquisition and making the acquisition and management of common IT goods and services more efficient.