Improving Federal Procurement Data Quality - Guidance for Annual Verification and Validation
Issued: May 31, 2011
To: Chief acquisition officers, senior procurement executives, agency small agency council members
Inspiration: The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 4.604 and related guidance requires agencies to certify each January in a report to the OFPP and the General Services Administration that the previous year's Federal Procurement Data System records are complete and accurate.
Synopsis: In addition to agencies' yearly report to OFPP on FPDS accuracy, Gordon says they will also have to certify that they have policies, procedures and internal controls in place to monitor and improve procurement data quality, and similar controls for contractor reporting requirements. The memo includes worksheets and guides for formulating reports. This additional information will be required for January 2012 reports.
Issued: July 13, 2011
To: Chief acquisition officers, senior procurement executives, chief information officers
Inspiration: The Office of Management and Budget 25 point plan to reform federal IT
Synopsis: Agencies should stand up a cadre of contracting professionals, program managers and contracting officer's representatives to make sure programs meet their goals. Gordon also writes that agencies should work to strengthen the skills and capabilities of this specialized cadre to improve outcomes. He suggests a community of practice should be formed to capture and disseminate best practices for improving IT acquisition.