Acknowledging that the acquisition process is frustrating and cumbersome is a start, but to understand how to fix it starts with a willingness to look at the acquisition processes, technologies, and professionals from the perspective of a small business owner. Follow a small business owner's experience with the acquisition system - from the first sources sought to award of a contract - for a specific procurement and you will identify immediate, actionable solutions. Use it is a roadmap for systemic improvements instead of silly fixes like designing a new user interface for FBO.gov. Unless government staff are willing to put themselves in the position of a small business owner, they will never be able to fix the system.
Idea No. 13