Letter: Plenty of procurement data available

Regarding "Kelman: An embarrassing question:" I'm surprised Steve Kelman was not able to be more responsive to his Brazilian colleague who asked him for information about U.S. procurement performance.  My company's clients have been able to answer these questions for years.

Thanks in part to the government's growing commitment to procurement transparency and to reforms Steve himself was involved in during the late 1990s, the OMB and the agencies have begun making a host of valuable procurement performance measures available to the public.  A partial list of these sources includes:

1) President's Management Agenda (PMA) Scorecards
2) Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) evaluations
2) Detailed A-300 Budget Justifications
3) Agency and Bureau Performance Reports
4) CPIC Status Reports
5) Congressional Budget Justifications
6) Congressional Testimony
7) Inspector General (IG) Reports
8) High Risk Program Watchlists
9) FISMA Security Scorecards
10) Small Business Scorecards
11) GAO Procurement Reports
12) FPDS-NG Contract Transaction Reports (nearly 4 million per year!)


Many of the available reports and information sources describe explicitly how well key programs are fulfilling agency missions and serving taxpayers. They go well beyond simple bean counting and narrow assessments of how well the procurement process conforms to government regulations.


Paul Murphy
Eagle Eye Publishers Inc.

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

Featured

  • Cybersecurity
    Shutterstock photo id 669226093 By Gorodenkoff

    The disinformation game

    The federal government is poised to bring new tools and strategies to bear in the fight against foreign-backed online disinformation campaigns, but how and when they choose to act could have ramifications on the U.S. political ecosystem.

  • FCW PERSPECTIVES
    sensor network (agsandrew/Shutterstock.com)

    Are agencies really ready for EIS?

    The telecom contract has the potential to reinvent IT infrastructure, but finding the bandwidth to take full advantage could prove difficult.

  • People
    Dave Powner, GAO

    Dave Powner audits the state of federal IT

    The GAO director of information technology issues is leaving government after 16 years. On his way out the door, Dave Powner details how far govtech has come in the past two decades and flags the most critical issues he sees facing federal IT leaders.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.