The Office of Management and Budget’s new guidance prohibits civilian agencies from buying computers off any contract except from one of three governmentwide acquisition contracts.
OFPP Administrator Anne Rung and Tom Sharpe, the commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, say category management now is a cross-agency priority goal with a focus on saving money and reducing contracts.
Tony Scott, the federal CIO, and Anne Rung, the administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, are working together on a series of initiatives, including new policies around enterprise software contracts and common desktop configurations.
It only took 15 years for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to issue guidance for agencies on how best to use reverse auctions. And when OFPP finally did on June 2, it was disappointing to say the least.
In the final policy to implement Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), federal CIO Tony Scott detailed several steps to ensure agencies meet the spirit and intent of the law. Meanwhile, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members promise not to make FITARA Clinger-Cohen Act 2.0 when it comes to implementation.
Anne Rung, the administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, will issue a new policy in the coming months telling the largest 25 agencies to set up an innovative procurement organization similar to the HHS Buyers Club in the next year or two.
The Obama administration is trying to clean up some of the clutter that’s accumulated over the last 20 years as reforms have been made to acquisition policies and procedures. Anne Rung, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, says procurement reform went awry for several reasons. In his biweekly feature, “Inside the Reporter’s Notebook,” executive editor Jason Miller writes about why Rung believes problems developed and what the administration is doing about it. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.
In this week’s edition of Inside the Reporter’s Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller examines the unintended consequences of 1990s procurement reform and how OFPP plans to address them. Plus, multiple congressmen crack down on duplication issues at the Department of Homeland Security. Also in this edition, what’s behind the retirement of a long-time CIO at Education and a procurement executive at Veterans Affairs?
New guidance from Anne Rung, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, implements a way for vendors and program owners to rate the acquisition process in each agency. The goal of Acquisition 360 is to identify potential procurement process improvements.
OFPP Administrator Anne Rung will issue a memo in the coming weeks requiring agencies to rate vendors and for vendors to rate agencies on specific high-dollar IT procurements. Rung said OMB, GSA will hire experts to oversee vendor relationships for IT commodities.