Rather than struggling through a typically lengthy RFP process, Davis said he and his team began looking at how to streamline the process. The CIO looked to the disruptive, but effective, team within the federal General Services Administration (GSA) known as 18F for guidance. 18F made waves in the federal procurement space with tools like micro procurements and new vendor on-ramping techniques.
The outcome was two pages of notes and suggested changes that could curtail the lofty requirements and attract a greater diversity of bidders. Though conversations did not ultimately evolve into a cooperative agreement between the state and the federal innovation agency, Davis said their suggestions were an invaluable piece of the process.
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