Use Statement of Objectives (SOO) to allow innovation in IT procurements.
On one hand, it's sad to have observed over the last 20 years the lack of innovation in the federal government. On the other hand, innovation isn't always necessary and can prove costly.
Unfortunately, those in charge of the acquisitions are the least qualified to determine if innovation is a desirable option.
A SOO approach solves this problem. Industry will tell you if a change is required, the status quo is acceptable, or if innovative opportunities exist.
Jaime Gracia commented
IT acquisition gets slowed tremendously with prescribed requirements and endless specifications, in an environment where innovative solutions and knowledge of technology clearly is with industry.
Combined with open communications, a true performance based construct can exist where an agency focuses on mission, goals, and outcomes, and allows industry to focus on innovative solutions, performance metrics, goals, and quality.
"Best value" can be possible, differentiation is achievable, lowest price is not the reality, and small businesses are allowed true opportunities to compete.