Is the performance of the procurement system improving?

Steve Kelman, contributor to PSF and author of the blog, The Lectern on FCW, wrote an interesting article about improvements of the federal procurement system.

There have definitely been improvements in the last several decades. Overall, however, I believe that the staggering amount of regulations, combined with a focus on compliance and not results, has overall hurt procurement, increased barriers to entry and needed competition, and resulted in less than optimal results.

Further, innovation has suffered as archaic rules, combined with inadequate resources for human capital investments, has added insult to injury.

What is your view?

What is working?

What needs to change?

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Jaime Gracia
CEO
Seville Government Consulting
jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
(202) 716-0122
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  1. Commercial procurement practices, combined with performance-based acquisition techniques that combine outcomes with mission, has proven to be a great methodology for results and positive outcomes. Why can’t we do more of this?

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    Jaime Gracia
    CEO
    Seville Government Consulting
    jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
    (202) 716-0122
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 05-31-2017 17:26
    From: John Adler
    Subject: Is the performance of the procurement system improving?

    Thank you for the very timely subject.┬á We are seeing tremendous change in our world and procurement needs to keep up with it.┬á We need to be seeking ideas and innovation.┬á Look at the “smart city”┬áinitiatives and P3 offerings.┬á We cannot continue to throw out prescriptive requirements with onerous clauses and long processes and expect to get good proposals.

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    John Adler
    VP Procurement
    Dallas Area Rapid Transit (Procurement Department)
    Dallas TX
    (214) 749-2573
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 05-31-2017 11:10
    From: Jaime Gracia
    Subject: Is the performance of the procurement system improving?

    Steve Kelman, contributor to PSF and author of the blog, The Lectern on FCW, wrote an interesting article about improvements of the federal procurement system. 

    There have definitely been improvements in the last several decades. Overall, however, I believe that the staggering amount of regulations, combined with a focus on compliance and not results, has overall hurt procurement, increased barriers to entry and needed competition, and resulted in less than optimal results.

    Further, innovation has suffered as archaic rules, combined with inadequate resources for human capital investments, has added insult to injury. 

    What is your view? 

    What is working?

    What needs to change?

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    Jaime Gracia
    CEO
    Seville Government Consulting
    jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
    (202) 716-0122
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  2. Bashing front-line workers seems to be norm, regretfully. However, I agree that leadership is a major factor if any positive change will take hold.

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    Jaime Gracia
    CEO
    Seville Government Consulting
    jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
    (202) 716-0122
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 05-31-2017 17:48
    From: Joseph Sandor
    Subject: Is the performance of the procurement system improving?

    Dr. Kelman has beautifully delineated the classic “How do you know” question. Most attempts to answer this question in supply management stress TCO understanding combined with fairly robust market analytics and cost modeling. But at the end of the day, we need to go back to Deming’s argument that when we focus on leadership and process acumen we will produce the best results. Like most things, when all is said and done; more is said than done.

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    Joseph Sandor
    Professor
    Michigan State University
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 05-31-2017 11:10
    From: Jaime Gracia
    Subject: Is the performance of the procurement system improving?

    Steve Kelman, contributor to PSF and author of the blog, The Lectern on FCW, wrote an interesting article about improvements of the federal procurement system. 

    There have definitely been improvements in the last several decades. Overall, however, I believe that the staggering amount of regulations, combined with a focus on compliance and not results, has overall hurt procurement, increased barriers to entry and needed competition, and resulted in less than optimal results.

    Further, innovation has suffered as archaic rules, combined with inadequate resources for human capital investments, has added insult to injury. 

    What is your view? 

    What is working?

    What needs to change?

    ——————————
    Jaime Gracia
    CEO
    Seville Government Consulting
    jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
    (202) 716-0122
    ——————————

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  3. Dr. Kelman has beautifully delineated the classic “How do you know” question. Most attempts to answer this question in supply management stress TCO understanding combined with fairly robust market analytics and cost modeling. But at the end of the day, we need to go back to Deming’s argument that when we focus on leadership and process acumen we will produce the best results. Like most things, when all is said and done; more is said than done.

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    Joseph Sandor
    Professor
    Michigan State University
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 05-31-2017 11:10
    From: Jaime Gracia
    Subject: Is the performance of the procurement system improving?

    Steve Kelman, contributor to PSF and author of the blog, The Lectern on FCW, wrote an interesting article about improvements of the federal procurement system. 

    There have definitely been improvements in the last several decades. Overall, however, I believe that the staggering amount of regulations, combined with a focus on compliance and not results, has overall hurt procurement, increased barriers to entry and needed competition, and resulted in less than optimal results.

    Further, innovation has suffered as archaic rules, combined with inadequate resources for human capital investments, has added insult to injury. 

    What is your view? 

    What is working?

    What needs to change?

    ——————————
    Jaime Gracia
    CEO
    Seville Government Consulting
    jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
    (202) 716-0122
    ——————————

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  4. Thank you for the very timely subject.┬á We are seeing tremendous change in our world and procurement needs to keep up with it.┬á We need to be seeking ideas and innovation.┬á Look at the “smart city”┬áinitiatives and P3 offerings.┬á We cannot continue to throw out prescriptive requirements with onerous clauses and long processes and expect to get good proposals.

    ——————————
    John Adler
    VP Procurement
    Dallas Area Rapid Transit (Procurement Department)
    Dallas TX
    (214) 749-2573
    ——————————
    ——————————————-
    Original Message:
    Sent: 05-31-2017 11:10
    From: Jaime Gracia
    Subject: Is the performance of the procurement system improving?

    Steve Kelman, contributor to PSF and author of the blog, The Lectern on FCW, wrote an interesting article about improvements of the federal procurement system. 

    There have definitely been improvements in the last several decades. Overall, however, I believe that the staggering amount of regulations, combined with a focus on compliance and not results, has overall hurt procurement, increased barriers to entry and needed competition, and resulted in less than optimal results.

    Further, innovation has suffered as archaic rules, combined with inadequate resources for human capital investments, has added insult to injury. 

    What is your view? 

    What is working?

    What needs to change?

    ——————————
    Jaime Gracia
    CEO
    Seville Government Consulting
    jgracia@sevillegovcon.com
    (202) 716-0122
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