Just about a year ago, Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Dr. Michael Wooten unveiled what likely will be his signature priority — removing friction from the acquisition process.
While many in industry privately mock and question what that concept or phrase really means, it’s clear that frictionless acquisition will lean heavily on robotics process automation (RPA) and other initiatives to lessen the burden on contracting officers.
That became abundantly clear during the ACT-IAC Acquisition Excellence conference a couple weeks ago.
Not only did Wooten continue to message this now governmentwide goal, he also offered some real life examples of what the future could look like.
One of those efforts focuses on reducing procurement administrative lead time (PALT).