Commerce puts a procurement manual online

Commerce puts a procurement manual online

To help agencies prepare to meet Bush administration performance goals, a team of federal procurement executives led by the Commerce Department is putting a comprehensive guide to performance-based contracting on the Web.

Final touches are still being made, but Seven Steps to Performance-based Services Acquisition is available at oamweb.osec.doc.gov/pbsc/index.html.

A completed version will be released after a six-month comment period, said Tina Burnette, head of Commerce's IT contracting office and leader of the team that developed the guide.

The Office of Management and Budget has directed agencies to use performance-based acquisition for at least 20 percent of their service-contracting business for awards of $25,000 or more in fiscal 2002. The figure will increase to 50 percent by 2005.

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