The VA launched Pathfinder. https://www.pathfinder.va.gov, a virtual concierge to streamline procurement and innovation. Pathfinder, a virtual concierge makes it easier for vendors and innovators to sell or to innovate with the VA.
Going to the website enables users to submit innovative ideas, solutions, products or services and provide information on themselves, company, or organization.
This is a focused point of entry to selling and innovating with VA for industry partners,” said VA Chief Acquisition Officer Michael Parrish. “It fills a gap we’ve found in the acquisition lifecycle by creating the fusion of acquisition and innovation with the intelligent system.”
Pathfinder gives the opportunity for the VA to move forward in vendor engagements in a way that is unprecedented. It supports a backend system that ensures vendors that they have transparency, equity, and support throughout the entire process in a timely and visible manner.
“Pathfinder provides the road map to allow interested businesses of all sizes to understand the landscape and processes for identifying opportunities and walks them through the process with a real interaction,” said Ernest Reed Ph.D, VA’s Director of Category Management Support Office.