Vice President Gore wrote, "Public confidence in government has rebounded--up nearly 9 percent since 1993 according to a recent Roper poll." He set the goal for the next four years: "It is time for faster, bolder action to expand our islands of excellence and reinvent entire agencies--time to entirely reinvent every department of government."
It's not a moment too soon. When Washington Post columnist Mike Causey announced the release of the book in "The Federal Diary" on January 30, NPR's phones started ringing. Federal officials sent couriers over. One government worker even walked in off the street. "I want to know what's going on," he said.
Reinvention continues to be the driving force in government today...The phenomenon of government reinvention has clearly caused reexamination and re-evaluation across nearly all government agencies. Perhaps less recognizable, but no less substantial, has been the impact of government reinvention on those who provide the commercial goods and services that assist government workers in fulfilling their missions.
Perhaps one of the most significant changes to members of the Coalition and other commercial product contractors is the transformation of the General Services Administration's Multiple Award Schedule program. The MAS program is currently a $7 billion program supplying thousands of commercial goods and services to federal customers. While many people can claim at least a portion of the time in the reinvention drivers seat, perhaps no two people have been responsible for such broad reaching positive change as Frank Pugliese, Commissioner, Federal Supply Service, and Bill Gormley, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Acquisition.
Through their leadership, the General Services Administration's Multiple Award Schedule program is being transformed from an important, but not widely known, part of the annual multi-billion federal commercial procurement market, into perhaps that market's dominating force for years to come. Many of these innovations were chronicled recently in Reinvention Express. (Editor's note: Dec. 18, 1996, Vol. 2, No. 22).
Changes Pugliese and Gormley have initiated or championed have included the elimination of the schedule Maximum Order Limitation, modification of the Price Reduction Clause, the promotion of Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA's), the creation of GSA Advantage!, the establishment of a schedules marketing office, the encouragement of contractor teaming agreements, and the addition of information technology services to schedule contracts.
Together, these innovations have made the schedules program more attractive to federal users and contractors. Federal workers like the changes because they make the schedules program an even easier way to buy thousands of essential products and services. Contractors like the new methods because they more closely mirror purchasing practices already used in the commercial market.
Because of the leadership Pugliese and Gormley have shown in this area, the Coalition awarded them with its Common Sense in Government Procurement Award in June of 1996. The award has been given only 4 other times in the Coalition's 18 year history...The Multiple Award Schedules program is now a true state of the art procurement program that enables the government to work better at less cost.