Federal Manager's Daily Report

A bill pending before the Senate aims to modernize federal agency acquisition practices by building on lessons learned in the DHS Procurement Innovation Lab, according to a report on the bill.

The measure, S-583, “encourages reform by identifying and promoting best practices to modernize how the federal government operates, including with regard to small business participation in the federal marketplace,” says the report from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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It calls on DHS to develop guidance and training to improve procurement methods based on the innovation lab’s work, which it said focuses on “lowering barriers to entry for small businesses and non-traditional vendors, encouraging competition, shortening time to award, and increasing the likelihood of successful outcomes under contract performance.”

The measure would require the lab to issue an annual report on its business projects while requiring OMB’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy to identify and disseminate best practices in modernizing federal contracting.

It said the lab supports all DHS components and “has been invited to conduct training events for OFPP and other agencies.”

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