OFPP calls for fresh procurement ideas
- By Diane Frank
- Oct 25, 2000
Office of Federal Procurement Policy
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy put out a call Tuesday for ideas
about new contracting methods.
OFPP is looking for ways that agencies can work with contractors to
improve the federal government's business arrangements.
Acquisition reform measures put in place since 1994 have significantly
changed the way the government acquires products and services, providing
acquisition officials increased flexibility and program officials faster
turnaround on requirements.
But studies by OFPP, the Army and industry have found that agencies
frequently aren't using several innovative forms of contracting available.
Additionally, inappropriate incentives often are used, according to a Federal
Register notice from OFPP.
"Consideration of incentives typically was limited to the fee portion
of contracts to the detriment of other incentives that contractors would
find more appropriate and meaningful, such as consistent revenue flow and
the promise of future business," the notice states.
OFPP is calling for ideas, recommendations, practices and lessons learned
on incentives not based on fees that are used in industry, nonprofit organizations
and state and local governments. The agency hopes these methods will help
the federal government "fundamentally restructure our contractual relationships
to accommodate improving our business arrangements," wrote Kenneth Oscar,
OFPP acting deputy administrator.
OFPP is considering holding a public meeting to discuss these and other
issues. Comments are due to the agency by Dec. 26.