ACQUISITION AND PROCUREMENT
Acquistion and Procurment are resource strategies which are become increasingly more critical to the missions of Federal agencies and their day to day operations. Internal tasks and customer services can be performed more effectively and efficiiently. By creating meaningful partnerships between procurement professionals and program managers the accomplishment of goals will be accelerated. The free exchange of information, especially on the Internet, will lead to increased cooperation and teamwork and better value returned to taxpayers.
If you have questions or seek information about:
- The Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI)
(http://www.gsa.gov/staff/v/training.htm) offers a one-stop shop of training opportunities. FAI has worked for more than a decade to foster Government- wide career management programs in the field of procurement and acquisition. Information available at their website includes;
Federal Acquisition Institute
- Procurement curriculum
- Latest course updates
- Draft course designs
- News and features
- Hot items
Office Acquisition Policy
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Washington, DC 20405
- The General Services Administration has developed a website for its Interagency Training Center (www.gsa.gov/itc/gsaitchp.htm). A variety of contracting, acquisition, and procurement courses along with session dates and locations can be reviewed and evaluated. Courses are divided into "entry-level", "intermediate", and "advanced-level" categories.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs has provided a website which lists courses and training opportunities offered at VA. (http://www.va.gov/oa&mm/training.htm)
- 1997 Acquisition Reform Symposium (http://apollo.dsmc.dsm.mil/arsinfo.htm) will be sponsored by Defense Systems Management College and the National Contract Management Association. The Symposium's theme is, "Imagination, Innovation, and Implementation". For more information contact .... firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Federal Procurement Activities
- The Acquisition Reform Network (ARNet) (http://www.arnet.gov/NTindex.html) is a Federal enterprise created to foster and propagate measurable breakthrough improvements in the way that government obtains goods and services. ARNet provides valuable information on best practices, benchmarking, and frequently asked questions across the government. You also can browse their electronic forum and comment on proposed revisions to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
- The Defense Systems Management College (www.dsmc.dsm.mil/linksll.htm) provides links to several agency (civilian and military) best practices and lessons learned sites. They also offer numerous training and consulting services on procurement and acquisition issues.
- The Department of Transportation Best Practices Clearinghouse (http://www.dot.gov/ost/m60/measure.html)
Authorities, Flexibilities, and Guidance
Federal Supply Services
- GSA's Advantage program (http://www.fss.gsa.gov/cgi-bins/advwel) has cut the red tape facing agencies wishing to obtain services from Federal supply schedules by creating an on-line purchasing facility. At their website, you can also obtain current pricing and product availability information by geographic location.
Small Business Contracting
- SBA provides Government contracting assistance related to small, disadvantaged, minority- or women-owned firms. (www.sbaonline.sba.gov)
IT Procurement Policy
- GSA's Office of Government-wide Policy outlines governmentwide IT procurement policies in its IT Policy OnRamp page (www.gsa.gov/ims/ka/home)