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FCW : August 15, 2013
10 August 15, 2013 FCW.COM Join the conversation FCW usesTwitter to break news, eld questions and ask our own. Learn more at FCW.com/followFCWnow. Flat out WRONG info in a lot of articles on #FedRAMP #3PAO accreditation body announcement. @FCWnow got it right! 10:50AM-24Jul13 James Bowman @jamesbowmanIII Reply Retweet Favorite CRITICAL READ WHAT: "Building the Leader- ship Bench: Developing a Talent Pipeline for the Senior Executive Service" presents the results of a study by the Partnership for Public Service and McKinsey and Company on what steps the government should take to nd talented prospects for the Senior Executive Service. The report is based on SES statistics and interviews and focus groups with political leaders, senior executives, participants in lead- ership development programs and human resources profes- sionals from agencies across the federal government. WHY: Almost two-thirds of the people who hold top managerial and policy positions in govern- ment will be eligible for retire- ment in the next ve years. Last year, 8 percent of career SES members retired, the highest rate in four years. VERBATIM: "Although many agencies have elements of a strong pipeline in place, such as workforce planning or training, we found that those elements often are discon- nected from one another rather than functioning as parts of a cohesive strategy." FULL REPORT: OurPublicService.org/OPS/ publications Developing a Talent Pipeline for the Senior Executive Service BUILDING HE LEADE HIP BENCH JUL Trending respondents spend more than 1 million hours a year providing data to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 50,250 Although the General Services Admin- istration eagerly launched a reverse- auction platform in July to generate lower prices on commodity goods for federal agencies, newly introduced leg- islation is a reminder that the acquisi- tion technique has limitations. The Commonsense Construction Contracting Act of 2013, introduced by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), would block reverse auctions for some con- struction contracts. Hanna, chairman of the House Small Business Committee s Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee, wants to prohibit reverse auctions for con- struction services in favor of sealed- bid or negotiated procurements. His bill would also bar reverse auctions when a construction services contract is suitable for small businesses or when the procurement is made using a small- business program. GSA s platform is geared toward common of ce supplies and IT com- modities such as laptops, tablet PCs and monitors. However, Hanna con- tends that federal agencies are using reverse auctions to award some con- tracts for construction services. Hanna said the method --- in which bidders are allowed to offer multiple, consecutively lower bids on a rapid basis until the lowest price wins --- is best suited to buying well-de ned commodities, not skilled services like construction and design. He added that testimony delivered during a sub- committee hearing in May showed that reverse auctions for construction con- tracting resulted in careless bidding, a poor evaluation of businesses and unfair competition for many small contractors. Committee staffers told FCW that Hanna s bill is not aimed at stop- ping all reverse auctions but rather limiting use of the practice to areas where it s appropriate. They said the bill would only restrict GSA s ability to use reverse auctions for construc- tion services. "Having worked for 30 years in the construction industry, I appreciate the challenges facing small businesses doing construction and related work for the government," said Hanna in a July 19 statement. "Reverse auctions simply do not make sense for these kind of services because they fail to guarantee the lowest price, lead to imprudent bidding, and inadequate- ly ensure that the winning bidder is responsive and responsible." Larry Allen, president of Allen Fed- eral Business Partners, agreed that reverse auctions work best when used to buy well-de ned commodi- ties. Agencies should view specialized auctions, he added, as "an arrow in a quiver" full of acquisition techniques. --- Mark Rockwell Bill would limit reverse auctions
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