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Acquisition workforce showing signs of change

OFPP administrator Dan Gordon said the morale of contracting officers and other acquisition workers is improving. OPM issued a new IT program and project management competency guidance.

Tags: acquisition , technology , OFPP , John Berry , OPM , acquisition workforce , IT program management , DAU , FAI , 25-point IT reform plan , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/20/2011, 11:52am EDT

OFPP's Gordon not stymied by bumps in the road to acquisition reform

Despite pushback on some issues by industry, Dan Gordon listens to input from all sides as the Office of Federal Procurement Policy continues to follow its own path to reform the acquisition process. The OFPP administrator said his office is close to issuing new guidance around business cases for multiple award contracts and a final rule redefining inherently governmental jobs.

Tags: contracting , industry , OFPP , Trey Hodgkins , TechAmerica , insourcing , outsourcing , Acquisition policy , acquisition regulations , FAR Council , interim rules , inherently governmental , Multiple award contracts , office supplies bpa , mythbusting campaign , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/20/2011, 07:29am EDT
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OFPP on the ins and outs of 'inherently governmental'

OFPP defines critical functions that are considered core capabilities of agency employees. We get details from Administrator Dan Gordon.

Tags: Federal Drive , OFPP , inherently governmental , Acquisition Excellence Awards

Friday - 05/07/2010, 09:33am EDT
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Agencies slowly moving to fixed-price contracts

A new report from OFPP finds agencies spent a billion dollars less on time-and-materials and labor hours type contracts in 2010. Still, OFPP found an overall increase in cost-reimbursement type contracts. Agencies have a goal to reduce by 10 percent these types of contracts, which the administration calls risky.

Tags: contracting , OFPP , NASA , Commerce , Cost reimbursement contracts , time-and-materials contracts , labor hours contracts , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 07/12/2011, 07:02am EDT
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Agencies must cut service contracting by 15 percent

OMB will tell agencies to focus on management support service contracts and reduce spending by $6 billion. OMB said contracting for management support services grew at a faster rate than other types of contracting. The initiative is part of the administration's Campaign to Cut Waste.

Tags: contracting , Jeff Zients , OFPP , OMB , service contracting , management support services , Campaign to Cut Waste , Jason Miller , Richard Ginman , Commerce , Trey Hodgkins , Stan Soloway , TechAmerica , Professional Services Council , DoD

Thursday - 07/07/2011, 02:20pm EDT
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OFPP wants agencies to certify contracting data quality

Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Dan Gordon issued a memo asking for agencies to improve their internal controls for collecting and submitting acquisition data. The Federal Procurement Data System has had data quality issues for more than a decade.

Tags: acquisition , industry , OFPP , Acquisition policy , Federal Procurement Data System , data quality , data sharing , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/02/2011, 11:05am EDT

OFPP promises to tame interagency contracts

OFPP administrator Dan Gordon told a Senate committee that a new rule to add more oversight to multi-agency contracts should be out soon. Agencies wanting to develop new multiple award contracts will have to justify them before going forward. OFPP is also trying to use strategic sourcing to take advantage of the government's buying power.

Tags: management , contracting , Gene Dodaro , Joseph Lieberman , OFPP , GAO , GSA , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Interagency contracting , GWACs , Multiple award contracts , BPAs , duplicative programs , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 07:29am EDT
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Acquisition feds recalled from retirement

Agencies asked 125 annuitants for help last year with Army leading the way, bringing 44 retired federal workers back to help with acquisition processes.

Tags: contracting , pay and benefits , OFPP , Army , Air Force , DHS , USDA , acquisition workforce , annuitants , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 11:28am EDT

Hearing offers little clarity to campaign disclosure proposal

Republican House lawmakers are frustrated and concerned over the draft Executive Order requiring contractors to make campaign contributions public. OFPP's Dan Gordon declines to answer specific questions about the proposal, but said transparency is key to ensuring trust in the procurement system.

Tags: contracting , industry , Darrell Issa , Sam Graves , Elijah Cummings , Nydia Velazquez , Tim Walberg , House Small Business Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , OFPP , White House , FEC , draft executive order , political contributions , Disclose Act , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/13/2011, 07:35am EDT
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Agencies must justify large 8(a) contracts

The FAR Councils are adding a new set of controls to contracts worth more than $20 million going to vendors in the socioeconomic program. This interim rule is in reaction to problems that surfaced last year when 8(a) firms were passing most of the work under the award to large businesses. Agencies also have new requirements to determine the order of priority for small business programs, around multiple-award contracts and when to use other than firm-fixed price contracts.

Tags: contracting , OFPP , GSA , IRMCO , SBA , FAR Councils , 8(a) program , HUBZone program , service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses , multiple-award contracts , firm fixed price contracts , Alaskan Native Corporations , sole source contracts , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 08:08am EDT
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