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Barry Berkowitz,Senior Procurement Executive and Director of Acquisition Management, Department of Commerce
Mathew Blum,Associate Administrator Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget
Every 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.
Major 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
Agencies 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.
1To the extent practicable, independent agencies are encouraged to participate.