National Contract Management Association

  • New contract management group CEO already has strategic plan

    For those who wish to learn anything about federal acquisition and contracting, a good place to start is the National Contract Management Association.

  • How many procurement regulations were finalized in 2017? The answer may surprise you

    The Trump administration’s 2-in, 1-out regulations initiative stymied the advancement of new acquisition rules.

  • Low morale, cut corners just a few of agencies’ contracting woes while Congress debates federal funding

    Congress has been criticized for kicking the can down the road when it comes to federal spending, but as the government shutdown clocks ticks closer to midnight — and agencies dust off their contingency plans — some are wondering if that kicked can might be the best option right now.

  • Distinguishing fact from myth with government contracting data

    Michael Fischetti, executive director of NCMA, makes the case that agencies and industry are equally suffering because of changes to the federal market.

  • U.S. Digital Service expands advice, education through new GSA portal

    A new portal launches this week on the General Services Administration’s Acquisition Gateway to help advise contracting people.

  • What will make category management trickle down?

    A new Office of Federal Procurement Policy memo and proposed rule by the FAR Council are part of the administration’s ongoing efforts to change the way agencies buy products and services.

  • Michael Fischetti: It’s time to de-clutter the contracting landscape

    The two-year budget and debt deal President Barack Obama signed may bring some certainty to the government business and contracting space, especially if Congress passes an omnibus spending bill for the rest of this fiscal year. But shutdowns, continuing resolutions and other budget problems have left a lot of clutter on the contracting landscape. Michael Fischetti, a fellow and executive director of the National Contract Management Association, wrote about clearing out that clutter.

  • The Ten Commandments of principle-centered winning

    Jim McCarthy, member of board of advisors, National Contract Management Association, outlines how vendors can win work within a code of morals.

  • GSA should not reinvent the data collection wheel

    On March 4, the General Services Administration issued a proposed rule that would require contractors to report transactional data from orders placed against GSA’s Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contract vehicles as well as GSA’s governmentwide acquisition…

  • Michael Fischetti: Innovation is primarily a people issue

    Better Buying Power at the Pentagon is only one example of attempts to innovate in the acquisition space. The new acquisition corps that’s set up like the U.S. Digital Services office is another one, but it’s focused on policy and process. Michael Fischetti is executive director of the National Contract Management Association. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that government spends too much time thinking about process — and not enough about people.