In January 2003, we issued two reports that provide insight regarding the share-in-savings (SIS) provisions of the E-Government Act of 2002: one on critical elements of training for new acquisition initiatives and one on commercial practices that foster successful SIS contracting. As follow-up to these reports, we are writing to underscore the need for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) to ensure (1) that members of the federal acquisition workforce understand and appropriately apply this new authority and (2) that appropriate data are collected and available to meet mandated reporting requirements regarding the effective use of SIS contracting. SIS contracting represents a significant change in the way the federal government acquires information technology. In our report on improving training for new acquisition initiatives, we emphasized the importance that industry and government experts place on training to successfully implement such change. Training on this information technology acquisition initiative will be essential to its effective implementation. In our report on SIS contracting, we highlighted the federal government's limited experience with SIS contracting as well as conditions that fostered successful implementation in commercial SIS contracts.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Office of Federal Procurement Policy||In view of the potential benefits of this initiative, we think OFPP should consider developing policy and guidance that specifically address the need for a well-defined training program.|
|Office of Federal Procurement Policy||In view of the potential benefits of this initiative, we think OFPP should consider developing policy and guidance that incorporate practices that fostered success in the commercial SIS contracts we reviewed.|