PSC: BBP 3.0 Doesn’t Go Far Enough
The Professional Services Council today commended the Defense Department for its continued focus on improving acquisition but expressed concern that the latest round of the Better Buying Power initiative—BBP 3.0—is neither broad enough nor forward-looking enough.
“The goals of BBP 3.0 make eminent sense, as do many of its individual elements. But the devil is always in the details or lack thereof,” said PSC President and CEO Stan Soloway.
“BBP 3.0 is too focused on internal process changes rather than achieving extraordinary outcomes and too many of the barriers to real innovation and efficiency remain unaddressed,” said Soloway. “The result is a blueprint focused on incremental change to the current DoD process rather than to the department’s future ability to achieve the goals of excellence and dominance it seeks.”
“Through our July 2014 Acquisition and Technology Policy Agenda and our 2013 Leadership Commission Report, and in submissions specifically requested by the department and Capitol Hill, PSC has offered numerous recommendations that address the opportunities for and barriers to helping the department, and indeed every federal agency, achieve its critical goals,” Soloway said. “Unfortunately, few of those recommendations are reflected in this newest iteration of this DoD initiative, particularly with regard to achieving speed to outcome, deriving maximum value through acquisition, accessing innovation, improving tradecraft in services, and substantially enhancing the capabilities of the acquisition workforce.”
PSC is the voice of the government technology and professional services industry. PSC’s more than 370 member companies represent small, medium, and large businesses that provide federal agencies with services of all kinds, including information technology, engineering, logistics, facilities management, operations and maintenance, consulting, international development, scientific, social, environmental services, and more. Together, the trade association’s members employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in all 50 states. Follow PSC on Twitter @PSCSpeaks and @StanSoloway.
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