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You maybe surprised to learn that the government attempts to us many of the same practices commercial firms use to buy products and services. In fact, you could say the majority of what the government purchases falls into this category. For the most part, the government purchases what it needs on a competitive, best-value, fixed-price basis. That’s no different than most commercially businesses, and it’s even how consumers chose the majority of their purchases.
What is wrong with the way we are currently operating our government? The government operates on a budget year from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Theoretically the budget for the fiscal year should be established and approved prior to the start of the year. Right now, the budget is not approved! What? That's right, the budget is operating on what is called a "continuing resolution" authorized by congress. This means uncertainty, it means inefficiency and it means slow actions by the acquisition arm of the government (since they are not sure of funding, whether it will be approved, reduced, increased, eliminated, etc). Undersecretary of Defense Aston Carter describes the problems well. This short video allows some of his views of the problem.
There are currently several opportunities for funding to bring products into the hands of the first responder and other DoD users from the Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT). For instance, if you have used the SBIR program to fund product development but you are not quite to the commercialization stage and need funding to get this product into an introductory market, this could be your opportunity. There are currently 4 solicitations from the CCAT on their website: