The business of government continues to evolve. Success in today’s acquisition environment is defined not by “contracting out,” but by collaboration with the private sector. To continue meeting its mission, the Intelligence Community must embrace private sector innovation and commercial best practices.
INSA’s Acquisition Management Council works to improve the Intelligence Community’s ability to procure and oversee high-end services contracts efficiently, promptly, and with agility. It was established as a short-term working group in 2016 to provide industry perspectives on a discrete set of questions at the request of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). To facilitate continued public-private collaboration on acquisition and procurement after the completion of this effort, INSA upgraded the working group to a full policy council.
The Council takes the position that a more effective and efficient services acquisition process would improve contractor performance, generate higher-quality work, enhance agencies’ mission effectiveness, and reduce costs and delays. Over the long-term, a modified process that rewards innovation, quality, and performance would improve the health of the industrial base on which the Intelligence Community depends for expertise and support, thereby enhancing both national security and economic growth.
Toward these ends, the Council’s principal objectives are to:
- Provide the IC with actionable recommendations to make its acquisition of services more effective and efficient;
- Advise IC leadership on the impact of acquisition policies on private sector support to the IC mission;
- Improve the IC marketplace for the benefit of both government and industry; and
- Strengthen the partnership between the IC and the industrial base upon which it relies for mission success.