Anne Rung, the administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and Tony Scott, the federal chief information officer, sent a memo to all CFO Act agencies detailing the requirements for the new labs as well as announcing a pilot to expand the use of digital acquisition capabilities across the government.
The 4th quarter update on Performance.gov details progress and plans for 2016.
The Buyer’s Club that originated at the Department of Health and Human Services will spread to every agency across government. Some vendors are still unsure about the idea but they shouldn’t be. Larry Allen is the president of Allen Federal Business Partners and writes The Week Ahead newsletter. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he likes the Buyer’s Club concept and why you should too.
Every agency in government will roll out its own Buyer’s Club program. It will be *based* on the one at the Department of Health and Human Services but it shouldn’t be a copy of the HHS model, according to Anne Rung, the administrator of Federal Procurement Policy. Bryan Sivak, a former chief technology officer for HHS, was a driving force behind the Idea Lab and the Buyer’s Club at the agency. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the origins of the Idea Lab, and how the Buyer’s Club came out of it.
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.
Health and Human Services’ Buyer’s Club celebrated its one-year anniversary earlier this week by releasing a major solicitation. The request for proposal marks a growing recognition that improving the federal acquisition process is possible. Mark Naggar is the program manager for the HHS Buyer’s Club. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller about how his organization is helping the Office of Population Affairs reform how it buys technology. Naggar says few agencies are particularly good at carrying out IT projects involving services.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Buyers Club released a major solicitation for website development services using an agile development process. Mark Naggar, the program manager for the Buyers Club, said the two-stage methodology focuses on user needs first and foremost.
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.
Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at the news and information you may have missed or that slipped through the cracks at conferences, hearings and the like.