Chief Acquisition Officers Council (CAOC)
The CAOC is the principal interagency forum for monitoring and improving the federal acquisition system and promoting the President’s specific acquisition-related initiatives and policies. The CAOC was established pursuant to Section 16A of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Act, as amended. The Council develops recommendations on acquisition policies and requirements; assists the OFPP Administrator in identifying, developing, and coordinating multi-agency projects such as strategic sourcing; promotes effective business practices that ensure the timely delivery of best value products and services; furthers integrity, fairness, competition, openness, and efficiency; and supports the hiring, training, and professional development needs of the acquisition workforce.
Acquisition Management: The CAOC supports programs and initiatives to identify and pursue opportunities for increasing efficiencies, reducing duplication, buying smarter, achieving savings and improving acquisition outcomes through efforts such as spend management, strategic sourcing (including category management), and improving contractor past performance information.
Information Transparency: The CAOC is focused on increasing and improving acquisition data, including solutions to strengthen acquisition tools, processes, systems, performance support efforts, as well as continued benchmarking of acquisition function cost and efficiency.
Human Capital: The CAOC is working to develop the skills of the federal acquisition workforce through training and development of federal contracting professionals, contracting officer’s representatives and program managers. IT acquisition is an area of particular emphasis for CAOC given the potential for significant cost savings and meaningful impact on mission delivery.