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 number of forums, but many of the things listed seem to be too process-specific and, at least to me, may not have passed a senior executive’s “so what?” test.
So, let me present a scenario and encourage your ideas:
- You have to explain to a panel of very senior Federal executives (perhaps the political appointee level), who were never GS-1102’s or anything like that, what value your procurement shop provides to your Agency/Department. Your answers have to pass their “so what?” test since they are looking to eliminate non-value-add functions and staff from their organization. What would you tell them – what facts would you present –to make them go look somewhere else to cut? You want to leave them with the thought that they would be crazy to cut your shop.
- Additionally, what can a procurement organization do to help their Agency/Department be considered the very best it can be...and perhaps be considered a “best place to work.” Maybe you’ve actually taken steps to do this. Others in this community would benefit from any lessons-learned.
- If the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management SIG were to host some type of event this Spring or Summer to discuss the above, what type of event would be the most attractive/worthwhile: a panel session, executive breakfast, ½ day seminar with speakers, workshop, etc.?
Thanks in advance for the community’s input.
Regards and have a great week.