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CAP Goal IconImprove Management of Major Acquisitions




Goal Leaders


Barry Berkowitz,
Senior Procurement Executive Department of Commerce, Department of Commerce

Mathew Blum,
Associate Administrator Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget


Goal Statement


PMG_red_target_iconEvery CFO Act1 agency will successfully achieve at least two transformational program goals over the coming year through well-managed major acquisitions supporting a transformative critical or high-risk mission priority.

The Challenge


PMG_red_target_iconMajor acquisitions—which vary in size by agency but often exceed $50 million—account for approximately one-third of annual Federal spend on contacts. These large contracts frequently support projects meant to transform areas of critical need. Yet major acquisitions often fail to achieve their goals because many Federal managers lack the program management and acquisition skills required to successfully manage and integrate large and complex acquisitions into their projects. These shortcomings are compounded by complex acquisition rules that reward compliance over creativity and results.

What Success Looks Like


PMG_red_target_iconAgencies and their contractors will successfully meet taxpayer expectations and performance goals on key transformational projects across the Government—from upgrading hospitals to better meet veterans needs to integrating technology into conducting a modern and efficient census to achieving IT modernization needs for a 21st century Government.

Action Plans and Progress Updates


Action Plan Icon  Download the FY2018 Q1 Action Plan

1To the extent practicable, independent agencies are encouraged to participate.