On May 26, 2021, ID.me signed onto a letter urging the Biden administration and the Office of Management and Budget to apply commercial preferences regulations for federal procurement. Right now, government contracting, especially in software and technology, has focused on building custom solutions that are expensive, ineffective, and quickly obsolete. While federal law requires federal agencies to prioritize commercially available technology, that rule is often ignored.
ID.me joined a group of 44 leading technology companies and three alliances to call for change. Companies signed onto the letter include Salesforce, Palantir, and Splunk, and they have been joined by the Alliance for Digital Innovation, the Alliance for Commercial Technology in Government, and the Silicon Valley Defense Group. A link to the full letter can be found here: https://alliance4digitalinnovation.org/joint-commercial-preference-letter/
In many cases, commercially available technology has been tested extensively in the private sector, can be quickly implemented, and costs much less than enterprise projects. However, many federal agencies continue to embark on enterprise development projects, to the detriment of taxpayers and civil servants.
ID.me endorses the Alliance for Digital Innovation’s request for the Office of Management and Budget to “provide clear guidance to federal agencies to make certain that the existing statutory requirements for commercial preference are followed.”
ID.me also urges the Biden administration to complete market research on commercially available products, as required by the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA). By fully enforcing existing regulations, the Biden administration can improve federal procurement practices and ensure more agile and cost-effective software and technology systems for the federal government.