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“Myth-Busting”: Addressing Misconceptions to Improve Communication

 

On February 2, 2011 the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) issued a Memorandum with the following stated objectives:

1) identify common misconceptions about vendor engagement that may be unnecessarily
hindering agencies’ appropriate use of the existing flexibilities, and provide facts and
strategies to help acquisition professionals benefit from industry’s knowledge and
insight;

2) direct agencies to remove unnecessary barriers to reasonable communication and
develop vendor communications plans, consistent with existing law and regulation, that
promote responsible and constructive exchanges; and

3) outline steps for continued engagement with agencies and industry to increase awareness
and education.

For a complete copy of this memorandum, click here.

Comments:  As a member of the OFPP Frontline Forum (what's that?), I had a unique opportunity to hear from Administration Gordon and his staff firsthand how important they believe enhanced communication with industry is to reducing the risk of many of our more complex procurements.  After its release the memorandum generated a certain amount of controversy.  What do you think? 

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