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APMP Meets with OFPP Administrator Anne Rung

Friday, January 16, 2015  
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Contact: Patrice Scheyer
Director of Marketing & Communications

Phone: +1-703-281-1686+1-703-281-1686


APMP Meets With Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator
Anne Rung
APMP’s Closing the Procurement Gap Survey Results Headlined the Meeting

Washington, DC, January 16, 2015
 – Association of Proposal Management Professionals®
 (APMP®) members and staff met with new Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Administrator Anne Rung yesterday, who focused the meeting on APMP’s Closing the Procurement Gap Survey produced by APMP’s Procurement Improvement  Committee (PIC).  Ms. Rung, who wrote a sweeping procurement improvement memo on December 4, 2014 called Transforming the Marketplace: Simplifying Federal Procurement to Improve Performance, shared how her office intends to work with and communicate more effectively with industry.

"Ms. Rung referenced APMP’s survey many times during the meeting and asked our association for specific examples of good procurement practices and players,” said Rick Harris, APMP’s Executive Director, who was joined at the meeting by Kristin Dufrene, APMP’s PIC Chair, of Engility Corporation, Chuck Sharrocks, of Cyber Mission Solutions, Inc. and Jamie Ninneman of SAP.

Ms. Rung spent a large portion of the meeting speaking directly to Ms. Dufrene about the APMP survey findings.

"It was clear from her positive tone, that OFPP, under Ms. Rung’s leadership, is committed to a better federal procurement process,” said Ms. Dufrene. "We appreciated how thoughtfully she read the survey report and asked the right questions to help complete her three-pronged approach to improve the federal acquisition culture.”

The three point approach includes:

  1. Buying as One Through Category Management – Rather than manage individual purchases and process across thousands of units, the OFPP advocates moving to managing across common categories of common spend and total cost through category management.
  2. Deploying Talent and Tools Across Agencies and Growing Talent Within Agencies to Drive Innovation – Encouraging practices that are better ways of thinking and expand access to the most innovate companies is a must in the new plan. Looking for innovators and people in government and industry who are willing to "unlock flexibility” will help accomplish those goals.
  3. Building Stronger Vendor Relationships – Ms. Rung’s team calls for early, frequent and constructive engagement with vendors, which makes for the better procurements and fewer protests, even in a complex acquisition environment.

APMP left the meeting agreeing to supply the OFPP with a checklist of new ideas to help build better trust and communication among APMP’s contractor members. Staff from the OFPP and APMP agreed to work more closely in the coming months to help engage, communicate and improve the federal acquisition and procurement process.

APMP’s PIC mission is to work collaboratively with the 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 nearly 5,800 members and 26 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+1-703-281-1686 or