The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) has published an infographic highlighting data from its 2016 Survey of State Procurement Practices. The survey showed that 85% of states have a single chief procurement officer, and that the use of cooperative purchasing agreements has grown significantly.
The General Services Administration (GSA) released another statement on Friday, January 27 regarding a potential conflict of interest in President Donald Trump’s lease of the Old Post Office building. Democratic lawmakers have written to GSA to ask for clarification on whether the president’s lease does present conflicts of interest. GSA’s statement in full reads: “GSA has received additional information from and is in contact with the Trump Old Post Office, LLC. Consistent with GSA’s treatment of any contract to which GSA is a party, we are reviewing and evaluating this information to assess its compliance with the terms and conditions of the Old Post Office lease. GSA remains committed to expeditiously resolving issues associated with the Old Post Office Lease.”
Two bills aimed at improving the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) acquisition programs are scheduled for a vote tomorrow, Tuesday, in the House. “DHS Acquisition Documentation Integrity Act of 2017” (H.R. 347) would require component heads to maintain data related to operational requirements, lifecycle cost estimates, cost-benefit analyses and a schedule for all programs of $300 million or more. The Border Security Technology Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 505), would require the DHS undersecretary for management, in coordination with the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to monitor major acquisition programs to make sure they are on schedule and on budget.