APMP Meets With Majority Senior Counsel to the Committee on Small Business
Monday, October 20, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APMP Meets With Majority Senior Counsel to the Committee on
Procurement Improvement, RFI
Reform and Subcontractor Challenges on the Agenda
Washington, DC, October 20, 2014 – Association of Proposal Management Professionals® (APMP®) staff and
volunteers last week met on Capitol Hill with Emily Webster Murphy, the Majority Senior Counsel to the House Committee
on Small Business. The meeting contributed to the association’s continuing
effort to have educational dialogue and exchange with senior procurement
professionals about the national need for procurement improvement.
Harris, APMP’s Executive Director and Chuck Sharrocks, Chair of the Association
Procurement Improvement Committee (PIC) Outreach Sub-committee and an executive with Cyber Mission Solutions, Inc. discussed key procurement issues with Ms. Murphy during the
"The goal of our APMP PIC meetings is to talk directly
with policy makers on Capitol Hill and in our Federal agencies and to underscore
our belief that the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), the rules that control
government procurement, generally work and are effective,” said Mr.
Harris. "What we want government
officials to understand is that APMP believes the way the FAR is applied and
interpreted across government agencies and procurements needs to be more
Ms. Murphy, a career procurement policy expert, who was formerly the
Chief Acquisition Officer at GSA and a VP of Operations for a satellite
telecommunications firm, listened as APMP outlined specific suggestions for
procurement improvement. She shared her
vision for APMP collaboration on long term Small Business Committee goals such
as the issue of contract bundling and how to encourage more competition and a
broader vendor base in federal procurements.
She also shared the Committee’s thoughts on equitably enabling both
small and large businesses to appropriately pursue contract opportunities.
After deep discussion on several other issues, Ms. Murphy asked for
follow-up comments on Fixed Strategic Sourcing and what recommendations APMP
had to address the growing number of RFI requests from government to industry.
With more than 80 percent of its membership fitting the Committee’s definition
for small business, APMP is uniquely qualified to share thoughts and concerns
for legislative issues and statures that directly impact small businesses both
as prime and sub-contractors.
"We had a chance to talk to someone who knows federal procurement policy
inside and out and has worked in industry,” said Mr. Harris. "She understands our members need for clarity
and consistency and has asked APMP to help her provide guidance for her work
including providing subject matter experts in procurement and small business
APMP’s mission is to work collaboratively with US Government and
Industry through its PIC to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Federal
procurement. The association continues focus on improvement, rather than
reform, to make continual progress. The goal is to develop actionable
recommendations to improve process stability, reduce cycle time, decrease
cost, and have fewer protests.
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