Letter: Lack of experienced auditors, inspectors leads to high acquisition workforce turnover
Regarding "Acquisition leaders concerned about eroding workforce
article on the erosion of the acquisition workforce as impacted by not
only attrition but overzealous and untrained Government Accountability
Office inspectors general and auditors.
As a retired General
Services Administration and Defense Department manager with more than
35 years of logistics and acquisition support services experience,
including Navy Supply Systems IG experience, I can personally attest to
the lack of not only specific but general acquisition experience
required by auditors and inspectors to effectively carry out their
The consequence is an obviously flawed process which
continues contributing to high attrition of government contracting
professionals, along with alienating those younger candidates seeking
to make the acquisition profession a career of choice and opportunity.
Bottom line is, only a few bright candidates presently consider the
government acquisition profession as a career of choice.
I stand behind efficient and effective government, I further submit
that overzealous GAO/IG acquisition-review tactics have also
contributed negatively to our current economic downturn by making it
more difficult to do business with the government.
impact to both small and large business has been significant over the
last four to five years due, in part, to long delay or cancellation in
issuance of both commodity and service orders by virtue of the fear
factor in issuing the orders themselves.
professionals are reluctant to pull the trigger when reviewing and
approving orders on even those which are less complex or are of in
significant dollar value. This has also contributed significantly to
excessive backlogs in review and approval, including anxiety to
This, my fellow acquisition professionals, is not good government.Bob Gil
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