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New Guide: Addressing the Complex Challenges of Today's Acquisition Professional

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GovLoop and Integrity Management Consulting are pleased to present a new guide entitled, "Addressing the Complex Challenges of Today's Acquisition Professional." From generating requirements, to planning, obtaining and sustaining capabilities, the acquisition process, if implemented effectively, can contribute significantly to accomplishing an agency’s mission more efficiently. As the largest purchaser of goods and services in the nation, the Federal government's acquisition process is complex and under more pressure than ever with tightened budgets and a shifting workforce. Review the guide below or download, print, save and share it with your colleagues:



Specifically, this guide:

  • Reveals survey results of nearly 100 acquisition professionals, showing that the biggest challenges to successful acquisitions are a widespread lack of understanding about the acquisition process, including a lack of training/expertise among acquisition personnel.
  • Defines three phases of the acquisition process: Plan/Define, Obtain and Support.
  • Identifies and explains 11 success factors over the three phases that could help Federal agencies achieve more successful acquisition outcomes.
  • Provides several easy-reference materials, such as a Critical Acquisition Success Factors cheat sheet, a chart to help choose the right contract type, a sample Responsibility Assignment Matrix, as well as more than 20 links to additional resources.

It's designed to provide value to everyone involved in the acquisition process - from contracting officers to program managers to key decision makers and stakeholders, including ideas and resources to facilitate the improvement of an agency’s acquisition management activities.

What are your biggest challenges in acquisition and how are you overcoming them?

How else can we support you in your acquisition management role?

Please share your insights and feedback below.


We also want to offer a special thanks to the sponsors of this report:

Integrity Management Consulting is an award-winning small business and leading provider of major systems acquisition and program management support services to Federal customers.  Integrity’s mission is to deliver exceptional results for government customers, employees, and the community, driven by a single value: Integrity.



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Comment by Andrew Krzmarzick on July 15, 2013 at 6:13pm

Appreciate your thoughts on it, Jaime. We hope to get it in front of folks that could benefit from a better understanding of what makes for a successful acquisition process.

Comment by Andrew Krzmarzick on July 15, 2013 at 6:11pm

Thanks, Daniel! That scatterplot was the brainchild of SME's over at Integrity. Nice visual.

Comment by Jaime Gracia on July 15, 2013 at 5:56pm

Nice primer on the fundamentals and success factors for positive outcomes. Having contracting/legal engaged early and often with the program office is an important factor, as is having contractors part of the IPT. 

Comment by Daniel Honker on July 15, 2013 at 1:57pm

Great guide, Andy. The scatterplot of the different contract vehicles in there is very helpful.

Comment by ilyse.veron on July 15, 2013 at 10:00am

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