Grant Thornton‘s public sector practiceÂ and the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council have released a new report that offers recommendations for public and private sector organizations toÂ address technology procurement challenges and theÂ underlying drivers of bid protests on homeland security-related federal projects.
The fourth annual 20/20 Project on the State of the Homeland Security Enterprise ReportÂ calls for agencies to communicate with industry partners, share information and introduceÂ training and exercises for technical evaluations as part of the acquisition process, HSDBC said Monday.
â€œIn the face of new and evolving threats to our nationâ€™s security, it remains critically important for government and industry to work together in solving mission challenges,â€ said Tim Hanes, a senior manager of Grant Thornton and leader of the Project team.
â€œBy addressing existing perceptions and enhancing communication, these two communities can make tremendous progress towards harnessing the promise of innovation and avoiding the pain of protests,” Hanes added.
The council and the company polled more than 200 homeland security professionals in both the public and private sectorsÂ through an online surveyÂ and focus groups during the summer and fall of 2018 in order to gather their insights.
The report was unveiled at HSDBCâ€™s annual National Conversation event.