Featured Research: The State of Competition

This post, written by Jonathan Messinger, originally appeared on Public Spend Forum

With so much attention paid to the failings of healthcare.gov—the Affordable Care Act’s portal—there have been a lot of questions regarding the federal procurement process, and how it inhibits innovation and true competition. We wrote about it last week, looking at issues not only in procurement, but in the federal government’s lack of emphasis on program strategy.

Most agree that there are problems with competition in federal procurement, though it’s not as simple as saying, “There need to be more bidders.” In “The State of Competition,” co-produced by The Fair Institute and Censeo Consulting Group, we assess whether competition is actually a problem, dig deep into the the systemic obstacles, and make recommendations for moving things forward.

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