Subcontracting rule changes are planned.The Office of Management and Budget The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), formerly the Bureau of the Budget, is an agency of the federal government that evaluates, formulates, and coordinates management procedures and program objectives within and among departments and agencies of the Executive Branch. plans to propose new regulations to ensure that prime contractors live up to their subcontracting plans, said Angela Styles, administrator of OMB's Office of Federal Procurement The fancy word for "purchasing." The procurement department within an organization manages all the major purchases. Policy.
Responding to frequent complaints that primes promise subcontracting opportunities to small firms but don't deliver, she said OMB OMB
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To offer incentives or an incentive to; motivate: prime contractors, to hold them to these goals." She spoke Aug. 13 at a Women's Business Procurement Summit in Washington, sponsored by the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce was founded in 2001 to increase economic growth opportunities for women. As the only national organization of its kind, the USWCC works in concert with its members, national and local association partners, and key influencers to open doors for .
Tougher subcontracting enforcement is part of the Bush administration's strategy to mitigate the impact of bundling on small businesses. In a proposed rule released Jan. 31, the administration said agencies should use a prime's subcontracting performance as an evaluation factor in awarding future contracts.
Styles said the final rule to implement the anti-bundling strategy will be released this fall, but there will likely be an additional round of comment and rulemaking on subcontracting issues. "You will see some changes in the subcontracting area," she added.
The proposed rule would require agencies to review and justify all bundled contracts above specific dollar thresholds. Justification would also be required for bundled task orders on GSA (1) (Global mobile Suppliers Association, Sawbridgeworth, U.K., www.gsacom.com) A membership organization of suppliers of GSM products and services. Its goal is to promote GSM as the worldwide mobile communications standard. See GSM Association and GSM. schedules and other multiple award contracts.
Styles said the cornerstone of the bundling strategy is to hold agency heads accountable for their performance in breaking up unnecessarily bundled contracts and providing opportunities for small businesses. OMB requires quarterly performance reports from each department and agency. Those reports have not been made public.
She also said OMB is running into "a lot of push-back" from companies over its proposal to post the text of federal contracts online. She said contractors are afraid that proprietary information would be published, but OMB has promised to delete To remove an item of data from a file or to remove a file from the disk. See file wipe, trash and undelete.
1. (operating system) delete - (Or "erase") To make a file inaccessible. such data.
"Contracts are public documents. They're just impossible to find," she remarked.
She said publishing the contracts would provide a marketing tool for companies that want "to understand how things work."