The use of big data in source selection decisions for contract awards is growing. But big data also is shaping acquisition policy. One of the recent Defense Department Acquisitions System performance reports began, “In God we trust; all others must bring data.”
Federal acquisition policy has been cobbled together by Congress and executive branch policy makers over the past few decades with little actual data to back up the policies they’ve written. Big data is coming to federal procurement, and it will change the way policy is made.