Confidence in Contracting
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Posted July 13, 2004
GSA's senior management held a meeting attended by the agency's procurement staff and by DoD contracting personnel at which they introduced the "Get It Right" plan. GSA customers know when they use GSA contract vehicles they get the best value in price and service. With the “Get It Right” plan, these customers are being reassured that, along with the best prices and value, they are using a procurement system that is managed with the highest standards of ethics, effectiveness, and efficiency available.
GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry introduced the program's goals:
- Ensure compliance with Federal contracting regulations. Non-compliance is unacceptable.
- Make contracting policies and procedures clear and explicit.
- Ensure integrity of GSA’s contract vehicles and services.
- Improve competition in the marketplace when GSA’s contract vehicles and services are used.
- Improve transparency relating to how GSA’s contract vehicles and services are used.
- Ensure that taxpayers get the best value for their tax dollar whenever GSA's contract vehicles or services are used.
The Department of Defense (DoD) is GSA’s largest customer. Deidre Lee, DoD’s director of procurement and acquisition policy, endorsed GSA's "Get It Right" plan and pledged her support for the plan, which is to be implemented with customer agencies.
GSA's new Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer (OCAO) was instrumental in the development of the multifaceted “Get It Right” plan. Administrator Perry noted that the recently established OCAO reports directly to the Office of the Administrator, an indication of the importance this administration places on the area of acquisition.
GSA's “Get It Right” plan reaches out to the entire contracting community. Find out how your agency will benefit. E-mail GSA's OCAO for more information about GSA's acquisition activities.