Public Comments Sought on Acquisition Reform

The Federal government’s acquisition regulations have grown into a demanding and complicated regime costing the nation millions of dollars just for compliance.

This week, the Chief Acquisition Officers Council, in collaboration with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, the Chief Information Officers Council and the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council launched a new website seeking public comments to help craft “an efficient and effective acquisition system that maximizes the value of every taxpayer dollar.”

This is a welcome dialogue.  AIA has been urging government to eliminate the unnecessary burdens on both industry and government that are present in today’s contracting process. Reducing the acquisition burden on industry and government will do more than just lower all-around costs, it will also help ensure the health and security of the industrial base is sustained.

The Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council is asking for feedback on reporting and compliance, procurement rules, and barriers to participation in federal contracting by small companies as well as those who traditionally don’t do business with government.  They are asking the questions many of us ask too – and they’ve provided an opportunity for many voices to be heard.  Let’s work with the Council to create an acquisition environment where our government benefits from our best while reducing costs, improving delivery times, leading innovation and technology, and build outstanding products for those who keep us safe.

Visit the Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council website to learn more and to submit your comments on how you would change the acquisition process.

All comments are due by May 5, 2014.