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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

OFPP to create interagency contracting working group

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy doesn’t need any more hints to realize it needs to look more closely at interagency contracting.

After the Government Accountability Office added interagency contracting to its high-risk list, and in light of the problems at the Defense Department and the General Services Administration over the past two years, OFPP deputy administrator Robert Burton today said his office will lead a working group made up of agency chief acquisition officers in looking at how to improve this type of contracting.

The group will follow up on the work by the Services Acquisition Reform Act panel, which is taking a look at three areas, including interagency contracting. The SARA panel will make recommendations to Congress and OFPP next year.

“We are setting up this group so, when the SARA panel closes down sometime in 2006, we will be in place to implement the panel’s recommendations,” Burton said at a conference in Washington sponsored by the Contract Services Association of America, an industry trade association based in Arlington, Va. “We will coordinate with the SARA panel so we don’t duplicate their work.”

Burton, who is managing OFFP until an acting administrator is named, announced the working group last week at the Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council meeting, and said he hopes to have the first meeting before Dec. 31.

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