Congress is close to passing a bill that, for the first time, would institute a dedicated career path for federal contract program managers.
The House passage last week of the Program Management Improvement Accountability Act, S. 1550, was a step long awaited by advocates of acquisition efficiency within the government.
The bill would help to streamline the federal acquisition process, and by doing so would be of real benefit to agencies and government contractors alike by saving them time and money, proponents said.
“It’s time for government to make program management a real emphasis,” Robert Burton, a partner in Crowell & Moring’s government contracts group and a former deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), told Bloomberg BNA. “I view this as significant acquisition reform.”
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