OFPP adopts DOD rules on buying workforce

Mike Sade

Uncle Sam's getting definitive about its buyers.

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is putting the finishing touches on a memorandum that will establish a governmentwide framework for defining who makes up the federal acquisition workforce and the qualifications for government contracting officers, project managers and others.

The memo would require civilian agencies to adopt many of the same training, experience and education requirements that the Defense Department uses under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act of 1991.

'The workforce has to change to meet the new way we are buying things,' said Mike Sade, the Commerce Department's chief acquisition officer. 'One of the things we realized is that it takes a collective group to make a procurement a success. Acquisition needs to be more broadly defined to include IT, finance and other disciplines.'

The requirements, which would take effect April 1, define members of the acquisition workforce as anyone involved in acquisition strategy or planning, anyone who establishes or manages business arrangements, and lawyers or subject matter experts.

OFPP would charge the CAO with establishing and running an acquisition career management program, including identifying the workforce and budget strategies.

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