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Fixing Federal Procurement

Posted By John M. Palatiello, Wednesday, December 14, 2016

In recent months, several MAPPS members, as well as a number of our partners in Federal agencies, have complained that procurements are taking too long, and there are inherent problems that need to be addressed.   In one major Federal (geospatial) contract program, a Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) notice issued in October of 2014 still has not resulted in the award of contracts to all the selected firms.  This is harmful on many levels to those firms and unacceptable practice.

Why is it taking so long for government to contract with private sector firms?

MAPPS has opened a discussion with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), the White House office that oversees government-wide contracting policy and procedure.  We’re looking at both problems and solutions.

Do agencies have too few contracting officers?

Is more training needed for the acquisition workforce within the government?

Are bid protests slowing down the process?

Is the time and cost of compliance with processes or regulations a factor?

To gather information to present to OFPP, the MAPPS staff is asking for your help.  Any responses with be confidential.  No individual or firm names will be shared with government officials.  This is a community effort to identify problems and offer solutions.  And, as I mentioned before, this is an issue and concern that our colleagues in the Federal government share with the private sector.  The frustration with the process transcends both government and private business.

Let me know your thoughts.  From your experience, what are the problems, and if you have suggested solutions, please share those as well.  Use this email link, or post a comment on this blog.

Thank you for your feedback.

At the MAPPS Winter Conference, January 13-17 at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor (Tampa area), Florida, I will make a presentation on a Political & Legislative Forecast. This will provide insight on election results, the new administration and the 2017 Congressional agenda, with a focus on issues impacting business generally and the geospatial community in particular. Bring your procurement reform ideas and share them during this session.

CLICK HERE to view the entire, updated MAPPS Winter Conference Program.

Make your hotel reservations at the Innisbrook Resort.  The special MAPPS rate of $189 will expire on December 19, 2016!!!  Don't miss out.  Click here to book your room on-line.  You can also call the Innisbrook Resort at 800-492-6899 and let them know you are with MAPPS to receive the discounted conference rate.



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