Behind the Buy Podcasts

The "Behind the Buy" podcast features audio stories told by members of the Federal acquisition workforce who have successfully executed best practice IT contracting strategies from the TechFAR and Digital Services Playbook to help their agency meet its mission.

Last year, the Administration released two crucial tools to build upon successful efforts to fundamentally improve the way Government delivers services to the public. The Digital Services Playbook outlines key "plays" drawn from private and public-sector best practices to help Federal agencies deliver services that work well for users and require less time and money to develop and operate. The TechFAR Handbook explains how agencies can execute key plays in the Playbook in ways consistent with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which governs how the Government buys goods and services from the private sector.

To share best practices from tools like the Playbook and TechFAR, members of the Federal acquisition community recommended we use more innovative communication channels. The workforce wanted an interactive way to send and receive solutions that enhance the value of IT procurements for customers and taxpayers. Those suggestions led to the creation of the Behind the Buy audio series, or podcast, a human-centered design approach that allows procurement and program offices to listen and learn about innovative IT contracting strategies while carrying on their daily work responsibilities.

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In the seventh episode of Behind the Buy, U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung interviews Beth Hochberg, an Assistant General Counsel at the General Services Administration (GSA) and GSA’s chief intellectual property (IP) lawyer. In addition to IP, Beth works on issues involving mobile...

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In the fifth episode of the Behind the Buy podcast series, OFPP Administrator Anne Rung interviews Chris Cairns, a former founding member of a private equity company and now Managing Director of the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) 18F Consulting.

In this fourth installment of the Behind the Buy podcast series, OFPP Administrator Anne Rung interviews Consumer Financial Protection Bureau contracting officer, Tara Jamison, who has experience in executing agile and iterative strategies supported by the TechFAR Handbook and Digital Services...

Traci Walker, a founding member of the U.S. Digital Service’s procurement team, explains how to make IT procurement simple and intuitive by using the TechFAR and Digital Services Playbook to drive strategies and implementation approaches for customer agencies such as the Forest Service, Small...

This new OFPP podcast series features interviews with acquisition professionals who have successfully executed innovative IT contracting strategies from the Digital Services Playbook. Listen and learn how to lead successful IT acquisitions!

This new OFPP podcast series features interviews with acquisition professionals who have successfully executed innovative IT contracting strategies from the Digital Services Playbook. Listen and learn how to lead successful IT acquisitions!