GSA to collect agency fees for acquisition training fund

The Office of Management and Budget yesterday detailed how the new acquisition training fund will work.

In a memo to agency heads, OMB deputy director for management Clay Johnson said the General Services Administration, through the Federal Acquisition Institute, will collect 5 percent of all fees generated from civilian agencies' use of governmentwide acquisition contracts for federal property, administrative services and IT, as well as Federal Supply Service schedules.

Congress called for GSA to create a central fund to train acquisition employees when it passed the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003.

Defense Department fees are exempted because the agency funds its own Defense Acquisition University.

GSA estimates the fund will be between $3 million and $5 million the first year and increase as more civilian agencies use the GWACs and schedules. The acquisition institute's board of directors will mange the fund and decide how it will be used by agencies.

Johnson said the purpose of the fund is to ensure that 'the civilian acquisition workforce has sufficient training to effectively and efficiently acquire property and services.'

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