Senate Bills Seek to Accelerate Fed Technology Acquisitions and Hire Experts – MeriTalk

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The senses. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on July 27 introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing the clutter of federal technology acquisition and bolstering the government’s ranks of technology specialists. the supply of computer-related technologies. .

The AGILE Procurement Act would require the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration to streamline the federal government’s ability to purchase commercial technologies and provide specific training to improve information technology acquisition.

The senators said their bill aims to modernize and spur innovation in the procurement process and increase opportunities for small businesses to enter into contracts with the federal government.

“Recent advances in technology have dramatically increased the need for the federal government to acquire new technologies and retain skilled procurement professionals to effectively serve taxpayers,” said Senator Peters in a statement. “This bipartisan legislation will ensure businesses can provide innovative solutions to the federal government’s most pressing challenges and compete on equal footing to win federal contracts.”

However, increasing technological advancements have also brought challenges that have made the procurement process difficult to manage and navigate for companies hoping to do business with the federal government. The bill would create a task force to reduce barriers to government contracts for businesses.

On the workforce front, the legislation would establish a new pilot program to bring more junior and mid-career acquisition professionals into federal procurement roles.

“The federal government should be focused on recruiting and retaining qualified procurement specialists within our government agencies, not wasting federal money outsourcing work to expensive government contractors.” said Senator Ernst. “By redirecting efforts to acquire the rightly equipped professionals and removing bureaucracy from small high-tech companies, we will see more efficient and less costly implementation of our cutting-edge technology goals.”

The bill would also facilitate the government-wide expansion of an existing Department of Defense program that encourages employee stock ownership plans as a way to promote business growth and equity sharing of the business with employees.

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