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Peter G. Tuttle replied to GovLoop's discussion 'How Would You Fix Procurement?'
"Jaime hits the nail on the head.  Let me add a couple of additional thoughts to his articulation. The "real" problem is not the regulations that form a framework for the Federal purchasing process, but how they are, or are not,…"
Nov 6, 2013
Peter G. Tuttle commented on Peter Modigliani's blog post 'Better Buying Power 2.0'
"These all sound things of this nature always do.  Unfortunately, all these great ideas tend to fall apart in practice the further down the chain of command they go.  The "real" keys will be how DOD implements…"
Dec 3, 2012
Peter G. Tuttle commented on Ben Coit's blog post 'OMB Myth-Busting Initiative -- Tell me how its impacted your organization'
"Hi Ben.  Keep me in mind if you need any help in the next phase of this.  Pete  "
Nov 28, 2012
Peter G. Tuttle replied to Geri Haworth's discussion 'Wikispeed our federal purchasing tools?'
"Hi Geri.  Speed of change is not always a vendor's "system" or "software" issue.  Many agencies have pretty deliberate change management processes for some very valid reasons.  Depending on the system you are…"
Oct 18, 2012
Peter G. Tuttle replied to GovLoop's discussion 'Should Gov't Raise Credit Card (micropurchase) Limit?'
"Raising the micropurchase threshold to $10K is a great idea.  We now have the technology to oversee and report on purchasing transactions in either real or near-real time.  You no longer have to depend on hard-to-generate reports…"
Oct 12, 2012
Peter G. Tuttle commented on Clay Johnson's blog post 'RFP-EZ: What We're Thinking'
" What a great list of projects!!  Let me offer one suggestion, however.  The current commercial acquisition management solution providers in this market niche, namely: 1) Distributed Solutions, Inc., 2) Compusearch, 3) Appian, 4)…"
Sep 24, 2012
Peter G. Tuttle commented on Jaime Gracia's blog post '"Buying In" Now Effectively Policy Across Government'
"Earlier, in another posting, Jaime made a great comment in regards to cost realism analyses.  With continuing budget pressures, proposals that appear to exceed requirements at lower costs will be extremely attractive to cash-strapped…"
Sep 19, 2012
Peter G. Tuttle liked Jaime Gracia's blog post '"Buying In" Now Effectively Policy Across Government'
Sep 19, 2012
Peter G. Tuttle commented on Mike Lisagor's blog post 'Why Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Awards are Bad for America'
"I really have mixed feelings about this entire subject.  I've seen "best value" awards for double or more than what the next closest offeror proposed when the technical and management evaluations were essentially similar…"
Sep 13, 2012
Peter G. Tuttle commented on Adam Becker's blog post 'Project RFP-EZ Weekly Update #1'
"It's not often that I beat Jaime to the punch!!!    Adam - I'd be interested in your observations on the DAU tool once you and Lyle get to meet, etc. Regards, Pete"
Sep 11, 2012
Peter G. Tuttle commented on Melissa Hudak King's blog post 'Duplicative Contracts Create Confusion and Uncertainty'
"  The reality is that if our Federal peers do not feel like they are going to achieve better value and lower costs, and  feel that they have less control over contractor activities, by using existing contracts (such as FSS, GWAC,…"
Sep 10, 2012
GovLoop left a comment for Peter G. Tuttle
"Hey Peter - would love your thoughts on Project RFP-EZ - can you leave a comment?"
Sep 6, 2012
Peter G. Tuttle commented on Adam Becker's blog post 'Project RFP-EZ Weekly Update #1'
"Hi Adam.  As part of your process, did you guys ever have a chance to look at the PWS tool that Defense Acquisition University (DAU) has created?  It is pretty slick (pardon the slang).  If you are interested, I can try and…"
Sep 5, 2012
Peter G. Tuttle replied to Jaime Gracia's discussion 'Past Performance a Tool For Cost Savings?'
"  Happy Wednesday, gang! 1) What do you think of this idea?  Great for large businesses; lousy for small businesses.  It would also translate into phony inflated metrics.- you'd be measuring if a contractor could afford to give…"
Jul 11, 2012
Peter G. Tuttle replied to Jaime Gracia's discussion 'Work Smarter Not Harder in Contract Management'
"What a great subject, Jamie.  One complication comes in when the government adds in requirements beyond the agreed-to scope of work and the contractor's program and corporate management decide not to push-back or charge for the…"
Jul 6, 2012
Peter G. Tuttle commented on Sterling Whitehead's blog post 'How Getting Married is like Working on a Procurement'
"Start working now on your ADR process and get it into place.  It may help to avoid "protests" down the road."
Jul 6, 2012

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Current Title:
Vice President
Current Agency or Organization
Distributed Solutions, Inc.
What Best Describes Your Role?
Senior Exec
Educational Background (Degree, School):
MA, Management
BA, History
CPCM, National Contract Management Association
Fellow, National Contract Management Association
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Topics I Care About
Acquisition, Communications, Leadership
I work for the government because:
I served in the US Army for 20 years and now have spent 18 years as a Federal Government contractor. Besides earning a salary, I frankly think serving one's Nation in any capacity is the right thing to do. That's about the size of it.
My favorite public servant is:
Charles G. Dawes, Chief Purchasing Agent, AEF, WWI and later VP under Coolidge

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Let's Talk About Zombies

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 12:32pm 0 Comments

Did you guys see this yet?  It's a hoot.  Does your agency also have zombies?  Link:

Great Acquisition Suggestion Posted on Shared Services - Idea Scale

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 10:58am 2 Comments


A co-worker of mine just posted a great suggestion to the Federal CIO's Shared Services initiative that's on Ideas Scale.  Take a look at it and vote - unless the Feds do this....create standardized data sets and make them public ... they are the txpayer will continue to be held hostage to a few very expensive proprietary infrastructure applications. Link:…


Agile Acquisition - How Do We Really Do This?

Posted on February 2, 2012 at 9:58am 10 Comments

BY now, we've all heard about the agile development process and how, today, an iterative approach to developing/implementing IT programs is in vogue.  We've also heard all the many complaints about how the Federal acquisition process is too slow to keep up with rapidly changing technology, evolving requirements, etc.  We also are aware that any changes to the law, regulations and policy that affect the Federal procurement process may a longer time than we think is…


Continuing Congressional Focus on Acquisition?

Posted on January 21, 2012 at 2:02pm 1 Comment


Will the debate over the Nation's economy in this election year reduce the focus of our Congressional friends on our acquisition community?  For the past few years their gaze has been pretty unrelenting and it's arguable whether or not intense Congressional scrutiny is either a good or bad thing.  Personally, I think their focus will be on election year bigger ticket red meat subjects like "saving"…


How Do You Explain Procurement's Fundamental Value to Senior Executives?

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 12:25pm 5 Comments

Several weeks ago, as part of an ACT-IAC Acquisition Management Shared Interest Group (SIG) meeting, I volunteered to help figure out how our SIG could address a suggestion that was made by one of our government advisory team.  The suggestion was to take a look at what value a procurement organization brings to their enterprise and what that procurement organization could do to make their enterprise the very best it could be.  The concept of procurement’s value has been discussed before in a…


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At 2:14pm on September 6, 2012, GovLoop said…

Hey Peter - would love your thoughts on Project RFP-EZ - can you leave a comment?

At 11:59am on November 17, 2009, Jay S. Daughtry, ChatterBachs said…
Go to Forum tab at the top, Pete. Select "Latest". Mine (as I write this) are 2 of the most recent 5 to be posted. You'll see the familiar image of me from the North Carolina mountains to the left of my questions. Thanks!
At 11:35am on November 17, 2009, Jay S. Daughtry, ChatterBachs said…
Peter, great to meet you! I'm in Sterling. My work with Dell is with the Air Force. Would love it if you would answer one of my Forum questions. I look forward to talking with you further.
At 10:22pm on July 23, 2009, Felton Jones said…
We seem to have much in common, a couple of curmudgeons, ok speaking only for myself. Also we are history majors.

I left the Government in 1984 and came back 20 years later to USGS in Reston with a 2 mile commute since we live in Reston. I loved that job as I had free rein to direct an acquisition shop for the eastern region of the USGS. Just meat and potatoes procurement, but it was a great opportunity to make a difference. I moved to GSA (Fairfax) last November. Grand title, Director of Network Services Acquisition. My group primarily manages the NETWORX contracts. Not surprising that I am finding it much harder to make a difference at GSA. You are right that I am not enamored with fee for service acquision for the reasons you mention, but here I am at GSA. Yes, let's find time to make an acquaintance. Cheers,
At 9:22pm on June 30, 2009, Julie Basile said…
Yes OMB, and inparticular OFPP is a little crazy.
At 11:51am on June 6, 2009, cynthia gurne said…
Peter, I would like your permission to contact you for some insight about your profession as we move forward with our plan.

Feel free to contact me as well at 703-461-9227
At 10:37pm on April 2, 2009, Michael O. Johnston said…
Welcome Peter,

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