Topic 3: Federal Contracting and Acquisition

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 - 19:14
Over the past two decades, a series of trends have resulted in a chorus of voices in Congress, the media and the public concluding that the current federal contracting system is broken.  Between 1989 and 2000, Congress mandated deep cuts in the Defense acquisition workforce.  During the 1990s, the federal government shifted its contracting approach from one focused on buying supplies to one buying services, using new flexible contracting vehicles.  Beginning in 2000, federal contracting increased from $220 billion to o

Framing a Public Management Research Agenda

Monday, February 22nd, 2010 - 17:04
The IBM Center for The Business of Government hosted a forum in November 2009 to examine the Obama Administration’s themes for a high-performing government and to frame a public management research agenda. Participants included nearly 50 of the nation’s top public management researchers, scholars, and distinguished practitioners.  The forum was an effort to help bridge the gap between research and practice, and to collectively develop a research agenda that would help government executives move things forward.

Recovery Act Reporting

Monday, February 15th, 2010 - 21:54
The Recovery Transparency and Accountability Board posted its second set of updates onto its Recovery.Gov website last week.  The new data covered Recovery Act spending in the last quarter of 2009 (October – December).  There were some public reports with mild complaints about inaccura

Obama's FY 2011 Management Initiatives

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - 18:23
Most of the news media focused on the size of the budget and which agencies gained or lost.  However, the budget also included an overview of the Obama Administration’s management initiatives, as well. The overall emphasis of these initiatives is on achieving defined mission-oriented results.  It de-emphasizes (but still addresses) improvements to mission-support functions and the reporting of performance information.

Cutting Contractors

Monday, December 21st, 2009 - 21:53
 OMB released a report today, “Acquisition and Contracting Improvement Plans and Pilots:  Saving Money and Improving Government,” which follows up on its July 2009 directive that agencies trim 7 percent – about $40 billion -- from their contracting budgets over the next two years by improving their buying processes.

Signs of Procurement Revolution

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 - 0:51
The Senate confirmed Dan Gordon as the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget.  He comes highly recommended by Steve Kelman, a former holder of this job who was acclaimed as an innovator.

Acquisition 2.0

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 - 20:36
OMB yesterday released its latest guidance on federal acquisition.  This new guidance, Increasing Competition and Structuring Contracts for the Best Results, provides guidelines for agencies to move to more competitive and lower risk types of contracts, along with semi-annual reports on progress.

Bottom-up Procurement Reform

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 - 20:04
There has been flood of memos and guidance on procurement reform coming out of the White House and OMB in recent months.  But an open call for ideas was launched earlier this month via a collaborative project being undertaken by the General Service Administration, the National Academy of Public Administration, and a joint government/industry group called the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council.

The Insourcer's Apprentice

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 - 15:31
 Jeff Liebman is the Obama Administration’s point person for its efforts to cut service contract spending by 7 percent – about $40 billion a year – in part by insourcing work that has been outsourced to conractors, according to Federal Times’  Elise Castelli.  Liebman is an executive associate director at the Office of Management and Budget.

A Conversation with Admiral Thad Allen: Commandant, United States Coast Guard

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 - 14:46
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With more than 218 years of service to the nation, the U.S.Coast Guard is a military, multimission maritime organizationthat safeguards U.S. economic and security interests. From

Admiral Allen has done a wonderful job to date and he continues his service to the country. This conversation is very interesting and well put together and highlights a solid american leader....

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very well done, Mr. Keegan...tx

05/10/2010 - 16:55
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