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OMB Proposes Creation of Acquisition Modernization Test Board

Jeff Brody

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy within the Office of Management and Budget submitted six legislative proposals to Congress in April as part of its acquisition reform efforts, Federal News Network reported Monday.

One of those proposals is the establishment of an acquisition modernization test board, which would update OFPP’s authority with regard to governmentwide procurement testing and create “test programs that promote incremental improvement of acquisition practices.”

“We believe the best way to accomplish the goals [of the President’s Management Agenda] is to accelerate the pace of transformation through smart piloting where we learn a little, through testing and getting back from all of you, making adjustments based on what we learn and do additional testing,” Matt Blum, associate administrator at OFPP, said at the Coalition for Government Procurement’s spring conference in Falls Church, Va.

“Testing allows us to constantly change and challenge ourselves to do better, to disrupt the environment in a manageable way. But also equally important, it helps us to manage risk, especially in initiatives that have multiple dimensions,” he added.

The board would also help the OFPP administrator decide on waivers of procurement laws as part of a pilot initiative in order to find ways how to improve the efficiency of the acquisition process, according to the report.

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