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Posted by on Jan 2, 2014

Healthcare.gov and the Impact on P/PM in 2014

healthcare.gov-crash-1I know I’ve mentioned this throughout this blog, but we all know that Healthcare.gov has been the hot Federal IT topic in 2013.  This legendary flawed rollout will have ramifications on federal acquisition reform for 2014 and years to come.

Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president of public sector at the Information Technology Industry Council said yesterday:

“HealthCare.gov is critical because it has ignited a discussion on IT acquisition in Washington not seen since the 1980s. There is an alignment of political will on the issue and a healthy understanding of the larger systematic failure in acquisition.”

Not only did President Obama himself call for IT procurement reform, but FCW also reported this week that though the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) didn’t quite make it to completion, Chairman Issa (R-Calif.) is likely to reintroduce in 2014.

oopsFinally, just before the holidays, my blog announced The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) release of updated guidance (new since 2007) on the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) requirements.

The times they are a-changin.  With extremely interested focus on the IT acquisition process as we move into 2014, both Feds and contractors alike will need to be updated on procedures – and aware that the country is watching.

How will this impact how you do business?  Do you think we are able to learn from Healthcare.gov, and move on to more successful project implementations in the future?  Or destined for more hiccups in large-scale IT initiatives?

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