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Emerging Policy and Practice Issues (2006)


Steven L. Schooner


George Washington University - Law School

Christopher R. Yukins


George Washington University - Law School


GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 250
GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 250
West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference, 2006

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This paper, presented at the West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference (covering 2006), attempts to identify the key trends and issues for 2007 in U.S. federal procurement. In large part, the paper discusses the Draft Final Report of the Acquisition Advisory Panel (AAP), a blue-ribbon commission mandated by Section 1423 of the Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA). Proceeding from the simple premise that the private sector does a better job with procurement by planning carefully and employing aggressive competition, we discuss, among other things, the inaccuracies that plague the Federal Procurement Data System; the dramatic post-2000 trend in increased procurement spending; the AAP's tame recommendations for commercial purchasing; and efforts to reign in (and responsibly utilize) interagency contracting. We also question the administration's relentless focus on competitive sourcing and critique the leadership vacuum that led to the longstanding and increasingly critical acquisition workforce shortage.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 21

Keywords: acquisition workforce, acquisition advisory panel, interagency contracting, government procurement, procurement data, competitive sourcing

JEL Classification: H57

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Date posted: March 13, 2007 ; Last revised: March 8, 2011

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Schooner, Steven L. and Yukins, Christopher R., Emerging Policy and Practice Issues (2006). GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 250; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 250; West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference, 2006. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=969490

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Christopher R. Yukins
George Washington University - Law School ( email )
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Washington, DC 20052
United States
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