Federal government employees only are eligible to join.
To join, email IT-ACQ-COP-subscribe-request@LISTSERV.GSA.GOV with nothing in the subject.
Any federal employee in the acquisition field is welcome to become a member of the IT Acquisition Community of Practice (IT Acq CoP).
What We Do
The process for buying IT is an uncomplicated practice across the U.S. government. Our mission is to collectively build a knowledge base and inter-agency forum on new and existing best practices, tools, and resources that enable the federal workforce to successfully buy IT in order to meet their agency’s missions.
Join our listserv to access event updates and invitations. Through the IT Acq CoP listserv, members receive information about how to:
- Join monthly community meetings
- Attend virtual trainings & events
- Connect with their peers through the CoP’s listserv
- Contribute to the development of valuable resources for the IT acquisition community
- Share feedback on CoP content and events
To join our listserv, email IT-ACQ-COP-subscribe-request@LISTSERV.GSA.GOV with an empty subject line.
The Acq CoP regularly hosts events for government-wide audiences to share opportunities and challenges with IT acquisitions in the federal government, promoting case studies and showcasing best practices.
The IT Acq CoP working groups are composed of community members working on a specific topic to empower the federal acquisition community by designing and developing products, tools, frameworks necessary to support implementation of modern and innovative acquisition methods. All IT Acq CoP members are welcomed to join a working group.
As a new community, the IT Acq CoP is working with members to identify working group topic areas. Working group topics may include:
- SaaS: This group would aim to build resources and guidance on how to effectively buy SaaS in the government.
- Modernization of Legacy Systems: This group would aim to build resources and guidance on how to effectively buy modernization efforts for legacy systems in the government.
- Cloud Migration: This group would aim to build resources and guidance on how to effectively buy cloud migration services in the government.
- Data Rights: This group would aim to build resources and guidance on appropriate data rights for IT acquisitions.
Who We Are
The IT Acq CoP unites federal employees to improve the IT acquisition experience across the government. The community promotes a modern acquisition environment by:
- Fostering connections and partnerships at the interagency level;
- Building IT acquisition related products and deliverables and sharing across the community;
- Ensuring resources align with acquisition best practices and agency priorities;
- Solving shared problems with interagency working groups;
- Guiding agencies and procurement officials to acquire IT as efficiently and effectively as possible; and
- Fostering the culture change necessary to enable the federal government to embrace and leverage modern acquisition practices for IT.
- Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) — The primary regulation for use by all executive agencies in their acquisition of supplies and services with appropriated funds. The FAR also contains standard solicitation provisions and contract clauses and the various agency FAR supplements.
- FAR Updated to Add Revised Section 508 Standards for Information and Communication Technology November 2021
- Five Procurement Strategies for Diverse Digital Services June 2022
- Find Your Section 508 Program Manager — Agency Section 508 Program Managers (PMs) are your first point of contact for questions about IT accessibility.
- Accessibility Requirements Tool (ART) — ART is a multifaceted tool that offers interactive, step-by-step guidance on how to determine applicable accessibility requirements.
- 18F De-risking Guides — The Federal Field Guide to De-risk Government Technology offers guidance to federal agencies on how to structure software development teams, write contracts, and oversee agile software activities to reduce risks and improve outcomes for end-users.
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