Frank McNally, Director of Learning & Content Development with Public Spend Forum writes this month for NCMA (National Contract Management Association): “As a federal acquisition professional, you are vested with the unique authority to obligate the government and spend our hard-earned tax dollars. This stewardship is an honor and a privilege, but also a great responsibility.”
NCMA published Frank’s article on how to innovatively purchase products and services. He discusses the “PEAs” (Permissible Exercises of Authority) for requirement development which includes citizen science and crowdsourcing. He states, “with technology and software development, observing human behavior and interaction is essential in determining how people will likely use the technology, which helps determine what to buy.”
The article also contains broad agency announcements and the PEAs for market research. This information will help businesses improve efficiency and outcomes in the development phase, learning how to produce good contracting outcomes.