A discussion about the need for the federal government to reform its acquisition rules might not sound like it affects many people, but in this region, it definitely does.
For years, the federal government has been able to satisfy its technology needs by dealing with established businesses, or by enticing certified smaller businesses with set-asides and other incentives. But now, innovations are surfacing in a more distributed way; they are as likely to come from a small team as a large research lab or company. And many of those innovators are not currently doing business with the federal government.
Why should we care? Well, we have found out the hard way that the government has a blind spot when it comes to getting new innovators involved in solving current problems in both government service and national security.