A pivot to post-award
Note: This post is co-authored by Dan Chenok, executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government.
Most efforts to improve the procurement system during the last 20 years have focused on the process by which agencies work to develop requirements and acquisition approaches (known in contracting terms as “acquisition planning”), and to choose a winning contractor (known as “source selection”).
In contrast, the third stage — post-award contract management — has received relatively little attention, low visibility, and often insufficient resources from government and industry alike. Some even worry that, to borrow the title of a 2008 IBM Center brief on the topic written by Allan Burman, former administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy, that after contract award, nobody is “minding the store.”