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OFPP defines 'inherently governmental'

Federal News Radio has obtained the draft policy letter that will standardize and help explain what jobs should only be done by federal employees. OFPP is expected to issue the draft policy letter tomorrow. The draft policy provides 20 examples of inherently governmental jobs and 19 that are considered closely associated with inherently governmental.

Tags: contracting , OFPP , inherently governmental , FAIR Act , Critical functions , Function closely associated with inherently govern

Tuesday - 03/30/2010, 04:57pm EDT

Agency pilots help cultivate 'inherently governmental' changes

Agencies are getting a better understanding whether they over-rely on contractors. Vendors are mostly happy with the draft policy detailing how agencies should decide which jobs should be done only by federal employees. OMB expects 24 demonstration projects to finish by early May.

Tags: contracting , Jeff Zients , OMB , OFPP , TechAmerica , Professional Services Council , Business Coalition for Fair Competition , Trey Hodgkins , Stan Soloway , inherently governmental , insourcing , A-76

Thursday - 04/01/2010, 07:02am EDT
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VA solving acquisition workforce shortage

Acquisition Academy training current and future contracting professionals. The school is open to VA and other civilian agency acquisition workers. VA to add facilities management to curriculum in 2011.

Tags: contracting , Lisa Doyle , VA , OFPP , OMB , Federal Acquisition Institute , acquisition workforce , training , internship , Management of Change , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/26/2010, 06:42pm EDT
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OFPP to refine agency-contractor relationship

OFPP administrator Gordon says the draft of the new definition of "inherently governmental" should be public by the end of March. He says the goal of the draft policy letter is to better clarify federal and vendor roles. OFPP is also focusing on multiple award contracts and strategic sourcing.

Tags: contracting , OFPP , GSA , Bill Gormley , Washington Management Group , Coalition for Government Procurement , Multiple award contracts , inherently governmental , A-76 , strategic sourcing , SmartBUY , acquisition workforce

Friday - 03/12/2010, 06:37am EST
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Tax delinquent contractors focus of OFPP effort

Agencies must provide details to OFPP on how they review and deal with vendors who have not paid their taxes. IRS also is conducting a survey of its records. OMB will send President Obama a list of recommendations to improve agency processes.

Tags: contracting , Peter Orszag , OMB , OFPP , IRS , GSA , Tax delinquent contractors

Tuesday - 03/02/2010, 12:02pm EST

Senators proclaim Gordon 'most qualified' to be OFPP administrator

Nominee didn't offer a lot of specifics about his vision or priorities when it comes to acquisition reform or improvements. Gordon did address multiple award contracting and strategic sourcing. Lawmakers express concern that OFPP needs more staff.

Tags: contracting , mngt , Jeffrey Zients , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , George Voinovich , OMB , OFPP , GAO , Robert Burton , Venable , insourcing , acquisition workforce , Multiple award contracts

Thursday - 11/12/2009, 06:34am EST
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Agencies told to take closer look at green buying

OFPP issued a new memo encouraging departments to consider if the product or service they are buying meets sustainable standards. The memo is another in a series of directives to green the government.

Tags: acquisition , OFPP , green government , Acquisition policy , GSA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/13/2011, 03:36pm EDT

OFPP takes on second challenge of taming MACs

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy and GSA are working on a directory of Federal Supply Schedule blanket purchase agreements. The database would help fix one of the "biggest blind spots" in federal acquisition today, said Dan Gordon, OFPP administrator. OFPP's memo to require business cases for multiple-award contracts received praise for its direct and specific requirements.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , OFPP , GSA , Interagency contracting , mulitiple-award contracts , business cases , Marcia Madsen , Mayer Brown , Stan Livingstone , ASI Government , Jason Miller , contracting

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 06:46am EDT
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OFPP sets new rules for creating multiple-award contracts

Agencies must develop a business case and post it on an internal government site for others to comment on. OFPP also wants senior acquisition officials to sign off on justifications before moving out with a final solicitation. The new guidance comes as GAO and others have found the proliferation of multiple award contracts is costing agencies and vendors millions of dollars.

Tags: contracting , OFPP , Interagency contracting , multiple award contracting , GWACs , Acquisition policy , Jason Miller , GSA , Chief Acquisition Officer

Friday - 09/30/2011, 01:03pm EDT
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