New federal council has expanded focus

An expanding membership and widening scope have prompted the creation of the Federal Acquisition Council in place of the Procurement Executives Council.

The new council was the idea of Angela Styles, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, in an effort to focus on issues greater than procurement, according to Robert Burton, OFPP's associate administrator.

The PEC wasn't broad enough to serve as a catalyst for promoting the President's Management Agenda, so the council's name was changed to reflect the greater breadth, Burton said today in a session on procurement at the FOSE trade show in Washington.

The first meeting of the FAC will be April 17. Its membership is still being compiled. Agencies' representatives to the President's Management Council will appoint members to the acquisition council.

The new council will feature several changes from the PEC.

It will appoint ad hoc working groups to address specific issues rather than holding standing committees, and its members will be both career federal workers and political appointees. Members also will include representatives from other federal groups such as the Small Business Advisory Council, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Small Agency Council.

The first issue the new council will tackle is competitive sourcing, Burton said.

A new Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 is expected this month, and agencies will need help in working to comply with it. The FAC will pool resources and expertise and offer oversight for agency compliance.

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