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mheadd committed Sep 6, 2017
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phonenumber: 1-800-CALL-GOV
email: gsa@gsa.gov
twitter: "18f"
text: This site was built using <a href="https://federalist.18f.gov/" target="_blank">Federalist, from 18F</a>. The source is available <a href="https://github.com/18F/Modular-Contracting-And-Agile-Development/">on GitHub</a>.
text: This site was built using <a href="https://federalist.18f.gov/" target="_blank">Federalist, from 18F</a>. The source is available <a href="https://github.com/18F/Modular-Contracting-And-Agile-Development/">on GitHub</a>. Header image is from Flickr user Raúl Hernández González and is used under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/" target="_blank">Creative Commons License</a>.

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layout: project
title: Reaching New Vendors
description: Rethinking the procurement process in Ohio to attract new vendors to state IT projects.
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## The Challenge

A common problem with state technology procurements is that the tend to attract a small number of large, incumbent vendors that habitually bid on state IT project. The procurement process is often viewed as burdensome and costly, and there can be few incentives for new or smaller firms to bid on state work. This can make it more challenging for states to receive competitive bids, and limits the state's flexibility in identify industry partners that that understand agile software development and building effective user-focused digital services.

## How We're Helping

We worked directly with the State of Mississippi to create an agile vendor pool, comprised of firms skilled in agile software development and user research. This allows the state to include more vendors in their procurement process, which can help encourage more competitive bids, and help the state more readily identify firms that have competencies in the kinds of skills that result in good software. This also benefits vendors - smaller contracts means more small businesses can compete and deliver work, resulting in a larger and more diverse pool of vendors winning contracts and helping the state.

## Tools We're Using
* [Modular contracting](/modular-procurement/)
* [Open source software](/open-source/)

## Read More

* Read about how we worked with the State of Mississippi to [create a new agile vendor pool](https://18f.gsa.gov/2016/09/20/mississippi-agile-modular-techniques-child-welfare-system/).

* Read more about how the State of Ohio used our strategies to streamline IT procurement [in Government Technology Magazine](http://www.govtech.com/data/Ohio-Takes-Page-from-18F-to-Launch-Inclusive-Procurement-Attract-New-Bidders.html).
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## What we do
At part of the GSA's Technology Transformation Services (TTS), the mission of the Acquisitions Team is to improve the public’s experience with government by helping federal agencies and state governments buy and share technology solutions that allow them to better serve the public.
At part of the GSA's Technology Transformation Services (TTS), the mission of the Acquisitions Team is to improve the public’s experience with government by helping federal agencies and state governments buy and share technology solutions that allow them to better serve the public. Learn more about our [background and mission](/about/).

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