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Larry Allen: Federal Govt Should Start Acquisition Reform Efforts With ‘Open Dialog’ With Service Contractors

acquisition policyLarry Allen, founder and president of Allen Federal Business Partners, has said government acquisition officials should monitor spending on services in order to manage procurement processes in the federal government.

Allen wrote in a Federal News Radio article published Monday that federal acquisition leaders can begin their spending monitoring and procurement reform efforts through an “open dialog” with contractors that work to provide services to government agencies.

“Understanding how federal agencies are viewed as a service customer will likely lead to actionable information that can be used to start a process of service acquisition reform based on common sense,” Allen said.

“This in turn can lead to best practices, and perhaps eventually, procurement rules that are made for service buying so that product-based rules don’t have to be used on something for which they were never intended,” he added.

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