Fresh into her new role as the General Services Administration’s chief acquisition officer, Mindy Connolly sat down for a short Q&A with The Washington Business Journal to discuss the two-way street that is communication between the government and contractors.
Connolly, who was previously an analyst with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and has also been a contractor, herself, said the issue of communication looms large in the process of government contracting for both the government and industry.
“Part of my role at GSA will be to put in place vendor communications plans that we’ll share with OMB and industry and the public, so everyone is aware of the minimum standards of communication as we conduct acquisition activities,” she told The Journal.
As GSA’s procurement chief, Connolly will help create the rules that form the government-contracting bible, the Federal Acquisition Regulation. She said she would take “more practical steps to understand the impact those FAR clauses have on industry — especially small businesses.”
As for improving communication, which the administration has undertaken with a “myth-busting” campaign, Connolly told The Journal, contractors must do their part as well.
“[T]here are barriers to communication on both sides of the desk … Both sides still have a lot to learn about how we need to communicate; it’s a two-way street,” she said.