Williams: Acquisition workforce is key to new initiatives

Jim Williams, acting administrator of the General Services Administration, said today he hopes that the Obama administration will recognize the acquisition workforce as a key to stretching the government’s funds.

“You all contribute to the bottom line, and the work that you do is so critical to the government,” Williams said in a speech at the Government Contract Management Conference. He added that making good use of that workforce could help the administration set the course for its other initiatives.

The government needs to give contracting officers more opportunities to make decisions because they know the procurement system well and can find ways of saving money, Williams said. He also recommended using strategic sourcing initiatives, such as SmartBuy, to save money though bulk buying.

“There’s tremendous savings out there,” he said.

Williams continued to urge agencies to view the government as a single unit instead of individual parts. However, he said, agencies want to handle their own purchases.

“But I will tell you it’s not necessary,” Williams said, adding that he hopes the newly arriving officials will also see that.

About the Author

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

Featured

  • Management
    shutterstock image By enzozo; photo ID: 319763930

    Where does the TMF Board go from here?

    With a $1 billion cash infusion, relaxed repayment guidelines and a surge in proposals from federal agencies, questions have been raised about whether the board overseeing the Technology Modernization Fund has been scaled to cope with its newfound popularity.

  • 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.

Stay Connected