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Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve selected the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of the Treasury as the first agencies to participate in the Digital Acquisition Accelerator pilot.

Over the next six to eight months, teams of individuals at these agencies will come together to participate in the first cohort of the pilot where they will receive basic training in human-centered design, lean-agile methodologies, open innovation, and modular contracting, and then complete two digital acquisitions using that new-found knowledge with assistance and coaching from the pilot program team.

Announced in March, the pilot was launched in order to help agencies accelerate the adoption of emerging digital acquisition practices such as lean-agile and human-centered design. This fully-funded U.S. General Services Administration project is a joint partnership between 18F and the Presidential Innovation Fellows. Over the next six to eight months, this cross-organizational team will help agencies establish their own internal group of digital acquisition experts by working together on real-world acquisitions.

These two agencies are the first to participate in the pilot. We’re planning a second phase that will build upon the lessons we learn from this first phase.

Each of these agencies have a deep commitment to inspiring change at their organization, and to pursuing this work after the pilot is complete. Want to get updates on our progress and learn along with us? Subscribe to our regular blog posts where we’re share stories from the front lines of this pilot through our listserv. To learn more about the Digital Acquisition Accelerator Pilot, read our first blog post, or email us at