Achieving Better Value from Our Acquisitions

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Achieving Better Value from Our Acquisitions

Issued: Dec. 22, 2009

To: Chief acquisition officers, senior procurement executives

Inspiration: An Office of Management and Budget report (.pdf) released Dec. 21, "Acquisition and Contracting Improvement Plans and Pilots."

Synopsis: Gordon's memo is full of the optimism of a new appointee fresh at his job, stating that "our community is off to a good start in meeting the President's goal of saving $40 billion annually in taxpayer resources, reducing reliance on high-risk contracting, and achieving a more appropriate mix of in-house and contractor labor."

The heart of the memo, however, is cost-reduction, with Gordon exhorting agencies to "aggressively seek discounts" from the listed General Services Administration schedule price when establishing schedule-based blanket purchase agreements.

 

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Survey of Agency Policies and Practices Regarding Contractor Tax Delinquencies

Issued: Feb. 25, 2010

To: Chief acquisition officers, senior procurement executives

Inspiration: A Jan. 20, 2010 memo from the president to agency and departments heads on not awarding contracts to companies with delinquent tax bills

Synopsis: Gordon's second memo is mostly just a survey (sent in an attachment) of agency policies and practices for handling contractors who admit they have tax delinquencies, meant to be filled out by CAOs and senior procurement execs. It's also a notification that OFPP intended to interview some CAOs and meet with the Interagency Debarment and Suspension Committee, in order to receive feedback "to develop recommendations for improvement." Gordon is still in the listening tour phase of his administratorship.

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