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APMP Meets With Majority Senior Counsel to the Committee on Small Business

Monday, October 20, 2014  
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APMP Meets With Majority Senior Counsel to the Committee on Small Business
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.

Rick 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 90-minute meeting.

"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 consistent.”

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 issues.”

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. 

About APMP
APMP® is the worldwide authority for professionals dedicated to the process of winning business through proposals, bids, capture, business development and presentations. APMP is a non-profit membership organization founded in August 1989 and began with 28 charter members. Today, the Association has more than 5,600 members and 25 active chapters worldwide. Membership includes proposal and business development professionals who are engaged in a wide range of activities including business development and acquisition, proposal management, strategic planning, business capture, sales, competitive intelligence, writing, editing, graphic design, desktop publishing, document production, and proposal consulting. For more information, contact Patrice Scheyer, Director of Marketing and Communications, +1-703-281-1686 or