Buying smart and using smart people to do it. That’s become a high priority for the federal government. It might seem as if the government never stops tinkering with the acquisition system. But that’s a good thing, considering the government spends hundred of billions of dollars a year on contractors.
The General Services Administration tries to stay relevant by offering a variety of acquisition vehicles for federal agencies. Mary Davie keeps her ear to the ground. She’s the assistant commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Solutions. That’s part of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service. Davie oversees 7,000 contracts.
Rory Schultz deputy chief information officer Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
Recent studies suggest winning a protest of a federal contract is close to winning the lottery. There’s not a big chance of either happening, but the payoffs can be big. The jitters remain, however, because losing protests can cost a lot of money for both contractors and agencies. That’s not something an agency under sequester wants to go through.
View a gallery of photos from the Acquisition Excellence Conference here.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.