Wanted: Procurement ideas
- By Diane Frank
- Oct 29, 2000
Office of Federal Procurement Policy
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is looking for new ideas about
According to an Oct. 24 notice in the Federal Register, OFPP is calling
for ideas, recommendations and lessons learned on incentives — not based
on fees — that are used in industry, nonprofit organizations and state and
The agency hopes those methods will help the federal government "fundamentally
restructure our contractual relationships to accommodate improving our
business arrangements," wrote Kenneth Oscar, OFPP's acting deputy administrator.
Acquisition reform measures in place since 1994 have significantly changed
the way the government acquires products and services, providing acquisition
officials with increased flexibility and program officials with faster turnaround
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 OFPP.
OFPP is considering holding a public meeting to discuss these and other
issues. Comments are due to the agency by Dec. 26.