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OMB's Zients stakes out acquisition reform plans

The deputy director for management tells lawmakers the government will save $40 billion over the next two years. Zients also wants agencies to grow the acquisition workforce by five percent over the next few years. Lawmakers express some reservations about OMB's plans.

Tags: contracting , Jeff Zients , Claire McCaskill , Susan Collins , Tom Coburn , OMB , OFPP , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs , Contracting Oversight , A-76 , Inherently governmental , insourcing

Thursday - 10/29/2009, 06:40am EDT
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OFPP on acquisition reform listening tour

Administration collecting industry input before issuing four guidances by Sept. 30. Acquisition workforce remains biggest challenge.

Tags: contracting , David Drabkin , Jeff Liebman , OMB , OFPP , GSA , DoD , Coalition for Government Procurement , AIA , Lockheed Martin , Acquisition Solutions , John Palatiello and Associates , John Palatiello , Larry Allen , Trey Hodgkins , Alan Chvotkin , Eleanor Spector , acquisition reform , competition

Friday - 06/19/2009, 03:10pm EDT
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Lieberman calls for more staff at OMB

The Senator writes to Appropriations Committee members asking for money to increase the number of employees for the e-government and procurement offices at OMB. Lieberman also wants to combine the White House's requests for e-government and IT pilot projects.

Tags: management , technology , Joseph Lieberman , Dick Durbin , Susan Collins , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Co , OFPP , 2011 budget , E-Government Fund ,

Monday - 03/29/2010, 02:47pm EDT

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 , Dan Gordon , OFPP , GSA , Bill Gormley , Washington Management Group , Coalition for Government Procurement , Multiple award contracts , inherently governmental , A-76 , strategic sourcing , SmartBUY ,

Friday - 03/12/2010, 06:37am EST
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OFPP will not 'pass-the-hat' to fund training

GAO finds the administration did not meet several acquisition workforce planning mandates under the Defense Authorization law. OMB tells auditors they do not think a centralized training fund will work, and instead will improve the acquisition workforce through the budget process.

Tags: contracting , OMB , GSA , Federal Acquisition Institute , DoD , GAO ,

Monday - 04/26/2010, 04:08pm EDT

GSA to update the acquisition career management system

Agency issues RFI looking for vendors to provide information for future solicitation.

Tags: contracting , management , GSA , OPM , NDU , FAI ,

Tuesday - 11/24/2009, 01:18pm EST

FAA gives 245 small firms preferred contracting status

Agency made awards to small businesses to provide support services in eight categories. The contract is worth up to $2 billion over seven years. FAA also plans to automate procurement system under separate contract that is just getting off the ground.

Tags: technology , contracting , James Washington , FAA , NCMA , Small business contracting ,

Friday - 11/06/2009, 06:42am EST
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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 , Dan Gordon , Jeffrey Zients , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , George Voinovich , OMB , OFPP , GAO , Robert Burton , Venable , insourcing , Multiple award contracts

Thursday - 11/12/2009, 06:34am EST
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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 , Dan Gordon , OFPP , John Berry , OPM , IT program management , DAU , FAI , 25-point IT reform plan , Jason Miller

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