Panel issues plea for more procurement reform

klunney@govexec.com

The Procurement Round Table, a nonprofit organization made up of former acquisition officials, has called for the establishment of a high-level panel, similar to the "Section 800 Panel" of the early 1990s, to oversee further streamlining of the federal acquisition process.

In a new report, "The Federal Acquisition System: Transitioning to the 21st Century," the Procurement Round Table (PRT) argues that additional commercialization is necessary to keep the federal acquisition system viable in the emerging marketplace. Advances in technology, coupled with the dramatic rise in e-commerce, a greater overlap between the public and private sectors, the continuing trend toward corporate mergers and acquisitions, and the growing importance of the international market are all changing the dynamics of the federal procurement system, the report said.

In a letter accompanying the report, PRT Chairman Elmer B. Staats said that although reforms in the early 1990s accomplished a great deal in streamlining and commercializing the acquisition system, "the current business environment is changing rapidly with major emphasis on the global marketplace, rapid technological change and electronic commerce. Reform and change in the federal acquisition system is not proceeding rapidly enough to keep pace."

The PRT report put forth five recommendations for preparing the acquisition system for the new millennium:

  • Redefine the scope and vision of the entire system.
  • Promote results-oriented, long-term relationships between the government and its suppliers.
  • Implement policies enabling government information technology systems to interface with each other and others in the industry.
  • Adopt a business-based approach to cost accounting, budgeting, and policy guidance.
  • Rely more on commercial industrial capabilities.

The Section 800 Panel was created by the Defense Department as a result of the fiscal 1991 Defense Authorization Act. The purpose of the panel was to review and streamline existing DoD acquisition laws. The group's subsequent report, "Streamlining Defense Acquisition Laws," was instrumental in laying the groundwork for several pieces of major procurement reform legislation passed in the early 1990s.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

    Download
  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download
  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.