Last week Dan Gordon posted on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) website guidelines put forth by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) to fulfill the Obama administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste.
The OFPP outline is aimed to reduce duplicate spending in the federal contracting space. Agencies will now be required to present “business cases” for new projects, to insure communication between agencies and decrease the likelihood of two agencies investing in the same product.
“The way it works is like this: when an agency is considering starting a large new contract, whether just for itself or as an interagency contract, they’ll post information on a site that other agencies can review, so those other agencies can say, “Wait a minute – we have a contract in place already that might meet your needs” or “If you go forward, we’d like to use your new contract, too.” That should help agencies better determine if their needs can be met using an existing contract or – if they decide a new contract is justified – how they can accommodate other agencies’ needs under the new contract,” wrote Gordon.
Gordon also discussed the OFPP’s momentum in eliminating excessive reimbursement to high-powered private sector executives as well as reducing federal spending for management support services.