Allan V. Burman

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A Stronger Voice

June 1, 2009 CAOs need more clout to fix the flawed acquisition system. As the Obama administration identifies potential appointees for chief acquisition officer positions, it's a good time to re-examine the law that created this important job. The 2003 Services Acquisition Reform Act set out, among other things, to ensure effective acquisition...

Five Things I've Learned

February 1, 2003 enning some 60 Federal Marketplace columns for Government Executive since the summer of 1997 has taught me innumerable lessons. These top five have been vital to writing about government procurement trends: Cultivate good sources, get the word out, celebrate success, know that people make a difference and simplify. Good sources...

Public Service Is Performance

December 1, 2002 hat's the message from Chris Wye, director of the National Academy of Public Administration's Center for Improving Government Performance. In October, Wye's book, Performance Management: A "Start Where You Are, Use What You Have" Guide, was released as part of the "Managing for Results" series by the IBM Endowment for...

Getting Down to Business

November 1, 2002 The culture shift is like moving from a "Wild, Wild West environment to a planned community." -Rear Adm. Charles Munns he president's goal right from the start of his term has been to make the federal government more citizen-centered, results-oriented and market-based. The Office of Management and Budget is leading...

Getting It Right The First Time

October 1, 2002 Amid planning and debates about the Homeland Security Department, another reality must be considered-how the government does business. uestions abound as the Homeland Security Department joins Defense, Justice and other key agencies in protecting the nation and its citizens izens' way of life. Its creation will mark the biggest change...

What Price Performance?

September 1, 2002 If agencies can't come up with good performance measures, it may be because they haven't defined their desired results. t's been more than a year since the Office of Management and Budget told agencies to boost their use of performance-based service contracting, an approach aimed at bringing private sector creativity...

Big Plans for Small Business

August 1, 2002 Contract bundling aces small firms out of the bidding process, procurement reformers say. rocurement reform of the early 1990s has not protected small business. We need a major change in how we are thinking about this," said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, at a recent roundtable session with small business leaders...

Death Knell for A-76

June 1, 2002 Panel votes to scrap A-76 for "best value" competitions. n April, the Commercial Activities Panel, a congressionally chartered group of 12 representatives from the Defense Department, the Office of Management and Budget, private industry, federal unions and academia, unanimously agreed on 10 principles that lay the foundation for a new...

New Marching Orders

May 1, 2002 Tight deadlines are pushing the new Transportation Security Administration toward innovative, results-oriented contracting approaches. he new Transportation Security Administration will be a radical departure in federal governance. Its mission-securing all modes of transportation-will be done mostly by federal employees, not contractors. Other agencies created in the past 30 years, such...

New Marching Orders

April 1, 2002 he White House is using green, yellow or red dots that mimic traffic lights to score agencies on their progress in accomplishing the president's management agenda, including the No. 1 item on his list-strategic management of human capital. What a great idea. Congress, the public and agency heads can all...

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