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OMB to grade management

The Office of Management and Budget has developed a score card to rate how well agencies are meeting government.wide goals, such as expanded e-government and competitive sourcing, laid out in the President's Management Agenda.

The score card will show agencies' progress in carrying out the initiatives and where agencies rank at a given time against the overall standards for success, according to an Oct. 30 OMB memo. OMB officials will use the information when evaluating agencies' fiscal 2003 budget requests.

GSA preps telecom solicitation

The General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service expects to issue a draft solicitation this week for a nationwide telecommunications contract dubbed Connections. The contract will provide telecom equipment and services to connect customers' desktops to the point of network access.

Officials mull reforms

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) held the first public hearing last week on a draft bill that would update procurement laws and found that agency and industry officials agree on the bill's goal, but disagree on some of its provisions.

Davis expects to introduce the Services Acquisition Reform Act this week. The bill addresses many common concerns about the current state of fed.eral procurement, including the education of acquisition workers and the use of performance-based contracting.

But Davis' ideas, such as establishing a central training fund and placing a chief acquisition officer in every agency, will need to be better defined if they are to truly help agencies improve their acquisition practices, officials testified at the hearing.

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