OMB seeks input on acquisition, supply chain

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The White House is challenging the public to help improve federal acquisition and supply change management practices.

Margaret Weichert, the deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget, teed up the effort in a document released Jan. 27 after the White House Summit on Federal Acquisition and Supply Chain Management.

"We want to hear from private sector organizations, researchers, academic institutions, good government groups, the public, and others on the vision and concept for a mechanism to facilitate curated conversations between the federal government and external supply chain and acquisition experts on a variety of issues and questions that support the government's acquisition modernization effort," said Weichert in a statement following the summit.

Ideas from supply and acquisition experts outside government can help the government modernize its $575 billion supply chain and acquisition functions.

The public input will help continue discussions about how companies handle large scale, end-to-end supply chains, encourage innovation and harness a continuous improvement cycle.

Weichert also said OMB wants to develop a method to benchmark how companies implement new technology in their operations and to help gauge how government is faring with its tech implementations. OMB also wants to find outside, real-time data sources for specific categories or sectors common in government, as well as where automation technology can step in some processes to reduce costs.

OMB is taking comments through Feb. 17.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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