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The President delegated reform appropriately, except that the person to whom he delegated the task doesn't yet exist.
Tags: Lurita Doan , OMB , Barack Obama , procurement reform , SARA Panel , Federal Acquisition Institute , Defense Acquisition University , oversight , OFPP , Daniel Gordon , Peter Drucker , GSA , DoD , DHS
Governorship prepared her well for DHS challenges
Tags: management , Janet Napolitano , DHS House Homeland Security Committee , James Carafano , Michele Mrdeza , Brian Jackson , Heritage , MXM Consulting , RAND , information sharing , border security , Action directives ,
Acquisition is a team sport. As Congress and the Administration focus on future acquisition reform, the present challenges remain—how to coordinate the efforts of diverse, and often geographically dispersed teams, and get them across the acquisition finish line successfully —with a great outcome that's within budget and on schedule.
White collar workers in the U.S. use almost 130 pounds of paper each year. For acquisition professionals, it may be double or triple that amount because acquisition projects are notoriously paper-intensive. Cost and schedule risks go up when acquisition documents are lost, misplaced, or poorly documented. Without a process for managing all "electronic" and "paper" assets, acquisitions are unlikely to succeed.
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What keeps you up at night? Is it the tremendous pressure to spend your agency's stimulus funds fast? Most agencies with the largest Recovery Act budgets have spent 10 percent or less to date. The demand to complete acquisition in record time is daunting. Keeping acquisitions on track and on-schedule is critical. At the same time, agencies must also do so properly, within the law and without cutting corners or sacrificing integrity or accountability. That's the challenge. Recovery.org is the official government site for reporting projections on how, when, and where the recovery funds will be spent. The list to the left (under links)highlights the Agencies with spending commitments of over $1M and their associated pay-out rates as of April 23, 2009.
Webster defines transparency as the "quality of being easily seen through or detected." But how do you define what "transparency" means to the Federal Government? Is government transparency realized when the process of acquisition is made available to the public or just the results? The challenge of achieving transparency is a balancing act many are facing. Meeting new transparency mandates requires judgment and sound strategy. Do you have the right strategy?
What kind of education and training does it take to get into this field?
The Federal Acquisition Spotlight, provided by Noblis.
WFED's Jason Miller reports.
The Partnership for Public Service explains.