Procurement:

Assessment of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy

NSIAD-88-35: Published: Nov 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1987.

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GAO reviewed the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) to assess its leadership in setting government-wide procurement policy.

GAO found that: (1) the procurement community believes that a central procurement policy office is needed to oversee government procurement; (2) OFPP has not consistently performed the basic statutory functions of providing overall procurement direction and maintaining the Federal Acquisition Regulation, as initially envisioned; (3) the lack of strong management and leadership, inadequate support from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and a lack of staff resources contributed to its uneven performance; (4) since the appointment of a new administrator, OFPP has used its existing authority more assertively; and (5) because the administrator's post was vacant for almost 2 years, many believe that lengthy periods without an administrator hinder OFPP effectiveness.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: Continued follow-up reporting on this recommendation is not necessary.

    Recommendation: The Director, OMB, should provide the support needed to ensure that OFPP will be able to effectively perform its functions, such as those concerning: (1) overall procurement policy direction; (2) coordination in developing executive branch positions on procurement-related legislation; and (3) leadership in dealing with procurement work-force issues.

    Agency Affected: Executive Office of the President: Office of Management and Budget

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Continued follow-up reporting on this recommendation is not necessary.

    Recommendation: Because effective and dynamic leadership is such a critical ingredient to the success of such a small central office, the Director, OMB, should ensure that the position of the OFPP Administrator does not remain vacant for long periods of time. The timely appointment and confirmation of an administrator is important to demonstrate commitment to the OFPP mission.

    Agency Affected: Executive Office of the President: Office of Management and Budget

 

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