Letter: Basic information in acquisitions goes a long way

Regarding, "Kelman: The not-so-obvious lesson," a reader writes: Steve - your point is an excellent one and is all too often overlooked. Contract specialists need to be encouraged to make
themselves operationally knowledgeable about what they are procuring so that the method of acquisition and the subsequent management of the contract are complementary to the requirement.

Knowing what and why you are buying something is critical to developing an acquisition strategy,
be it for a small or large buy, that considers all of the business considerations that must be address just as assuredly as the regulatory requirements. It is an understanding of such requirements that has prompted the Defense Acquisition University, and some of its equivalently rated partners, to include material related to how industry perceives the risks of Government contracting from the early-planning stages to project completion and close-out. It is a genuine attempt to introduce
an understanding of business concerns into the contracting process.

Anonymous

What do you think? Paste a comment in the box below (registration required), or send your comment to [email protected] (subject line: Blog comment) and we'll post it.

Featured

  • IT Modernization
    shutterstock image By enzozo; photo ID: 319763930

    OMB provides key guidance for TMF proposals amid surge in submissions

    Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat details what makes for a winning Technology Modernization Fund proposal as agencies continue to submit major IT projects for potential funding.

  • gears and money (zaozaa19/Shutterstock.com)

    Worries from a Democrat about the Biden administration and federal procurement

    Steve Kelman is concerned that the push for more spending with small disadvantaged businesses will detract from the goal of getting the best deal for agencies and taxpayers.

Stay Connected