OMB Asks for Input on Procurement Reform

The Office of Management and Budget put out a call last week to the  public sector for their feedback on how they think the government can reform its procurement of goods and services.
Announced at the  White House Summit on Federal Acquisition and Supply Chain Management, the inquiry came amid a discussion between  industry professionals and OMB officials, centering on reforms to the government's procurement processes aimed at reducing time and costs associated with acquisitions. 
The government is accepting responses on how to modernize its $575 billion supply chain and acquisition processes by Feb. 17. 
"The purpose of the challenge is idea creation to catalyze new thinking in government procurement around best practices, more strategic orientation and applying what we learn from world class, private sector and public sector opportunities to the U.S. federal government acquisition and supply chain management capabilities," said Margaret Weichert, OMB deputy director, at the summit. 
OMB is requesting input from researchers, academics, and private industries on data and pricing solutions, market research, technology, human capital, benchmarking against industry and more. Weichert said in a press release that the challenge supports goals of the president's management agenda, such as eliminating redundancies, increasing government effectiveness and modernizing the workforce.
A related initiative is OMB's "Procurement Administrative Lead Time" proposal was published on Jan. 21. The policy would standardize the definition of "PALT" as the time from initial contract solicitation to contract award as well as allow for better measurement and reporting of contracting data for agency and public use. These are "important steps in helping the federal government to understand and better address causes of procurement delays," Wooten wrote in the proposal. This "can help to drive continual process improvement and the pursuit of more innovative procurement practices, especially when the data are used in combination with other inputs for evaluating the overall effectiveness...such as cost and the quality of the contractor's performance."

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