Reverse auctions are overused, underregulated and might be a monopoly, according to recent testimony on Capitol Hill.
Federal contractors have a new way to tell agency contracting shops how they really feel about the acquisition process. It's called Acquisition 360. It gives both contractors and program managers a chance to rate how individual agencies go about buying things. Anne Rung is the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Leslie Field is the deputy administrator. They tell executive editor Jason Miller about how Acquisition 360 works, and how they hope it will help improve the federal procurement process.
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.
A proposed rule issued today would change the Price Reduction Clause that most contractors dislike and causes most of the False Claims Act lawsuits. Vendors have 60 days to offer comments and GSA will hold an industry day April 17.
The White House is interested government procurement. No, not the Office of Management and Budget, which includes the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, but the actual West Wing.
The General Services Administration is hiring a new assistant commissioner and subject matter experts to help move the category management initiative forward.
Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, and Bob Lohfeld, CEO of Lohfeld Consulting Group, join host Mark Amtower to talk about the top contracting stories in 2014, and what's ahead in 2015. January 5, 2015
Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairmen of the Veterans Affairs and Small Business committees, respectively, wrote to Anne Rung, OFPP administrator, saying agencies still are "misusing" reverse auctions to "evade competition and compliance with other procurement regulations."
Get rid of data centers and start using cloud computing. It seemed like a simple directive from the White House. But nothing in the federal government is that easy. Confusion over how to incorporate cloud security standards into cloud contracts has reached a breaking point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is jumping in to clarify the best ways for agencies to use the Federal Risk Authorization and Management (Fed-RAMP) standards in solicitations. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the expected changes to Fed-RAMP in 2015.
Agencies are struggling in how they describe the requirement for cloud services to meet the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program cyber standards. The FedRAMP program management office details programmatic goals for 2015, including new metrics to determine governmentwide uptake of the standards.
Anne Rung is three months into her tenure as head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and it looks like she's been busy. On Dec. 4 she released new marching orders for how agencies must use data to make better procurement decisions. She discussed the details with Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller, starting with where some of the ideas originated.
Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator Anne Rung has released a memo detailing a road map to create a new model for federal contracting. The administration will expand the concept of category management across the government, while also developing a cadre of IT acquisition experts and revamping the government's relationship with its vendors.
The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council issued a final rule Monday detailing the timeframe and steps agencies must take to begin using the Procurement Instrument Identification (PIID) numbering system. The PIID only is for new contracting actions after the effective date.