The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released its annual High-Risk List, identifying large challenges faced by federal agencies. Improving the management of IT acquisitions and operations remains on the list, though this year it gets credit for leadership commitment, and partial credit on all other core areas, including demonstrated progress. The Department of Defense’s weapons systems acquisition is still on the list as well, as is the strengthening of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) management functions.
The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced it’s holding an acquisition training symposium April 25-26 in Huntsville, Alabama. According to the announcement, the event will hold “acquisition and training sessions tailored specifically to meet the needs of federal, military and civilian personnel, as well as GSA’s industry partners.” Free registration is available through the link on the right.
According to Bloomberg Government, the federal government is “doubling down” on energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs), which “require no upfront capital costs or special appropriations from Congress.” The article notes that spending on ESPCs more than doubled in fiscal 2016, from $224.1 million in 2015 to $474.6 million a year later. “The contracts, which originated at the U.S. Department of Energy, are becoming popular across government as agencies seek innovative acquisition methods amid tight budgets,” writes analyst Cameron Leuthy.