Procurement panel chosen'only the announcement remains

As soon as agency lawyers are done reviewing it, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy will announce the names of a 14-member panel that will review government procurement practices.

Acting OFPP administrator Robert Burton said the panel members themselves have been notified, as have key lawmakers, and all that remains is for the arrangements to be approved by government counsel. Speaking at the Professional Services Exposition in Washington this morning, Burton said he expected to announce the members later this month and hold the first committee meeting before Thanksgiving.

The panel was mandated by the Services Acquisition Reform Act. Its charter is to examine and make recommendations for improving:

  • Use of multiple-award contracts, especially the General Services Administration's schedule contracts

  • Performance-based contracting

  • How the government buys commercial services.

The panel members come from government, industry'including small business'and academia, Burton said.

OFPP has been without a permanent administrator for more than a year, since Angela Styles returned to the private sector in September 2003. David Safavian, formerly GSA's chief of staff, has been nominated by President Bush but remains unconfirmed by the Senate.

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