Emerging Policy and Practice Issues (2009)
Steven L. Schooner
George Washington University - Law School
David J. Berteau
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Defense - Industrial Initiatives Group
West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference (Covering 2009)
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 491
GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 491
This paper, presented at the West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference (covering 2009), attempts to identify the key trends and issues for 2010 in U.S. federal procurement. In large part, the paper focuses upon the challenges inherited by the Obama administration and its efforts during its first year in office. Among other things, the paper suggests that the administration charted a course of what it perceived as bold action – most dramatically, touting "savings" and accountability, while permitting special interests to distract focus from value for money and customer satisfaction. Accordingly, at least to date, the Obama administration's procurement policies lack a cohesive theme, suggest a reactive rather than proactive approach, strongly indicate a special interest bias, and, at best, have sent mixed messages at a critical juncture.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: government contracts, public procurement, acquisition workforce, outsourcing, major systems acquisition, procurement spending, special interests, toxic environment
JEL Classification: H42, H56, H57Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 2, 2010
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