PSC Launches Commission on Efficiency and Innovation
Arlington, Va., January 25, 2013—The Professional Services Council launched a commission on January 22 that intends to look closely at the systemic barriers to, as well as tools to enhance, efficiency and innovation in the government’s acquisition and use of technology and other complex requirements.
The commission was inspired by a combination of the results of PSC’s 2012 Acquisition Policy Survey, which validated a decade of government inertia in addressing the long-term gaps in the government’s development and deployment of acquisition and technology skills, a growing demographic crisis that faces both the acquisition and technology communities, and the austere environment in which government will be operating for the foreseeable future.
“Our objective in forming this commission is to articulate the ways in which the government can align the federal acquisition process for services—such as IT or engineering services—with program outcomes to create a sustainable acquisition ecosystem that effectively supports the government’s missions,” said Robin Lineberger, CEO Federal Government Services, Deloitte LLP and co-chair of the commission.
Commission Co-Chair Ellen Glover, executive vice president of ICF, International, added, “Now is the time for a serious look at the strategies and tools we could use to help the government deliver the highest quality services in a resource-constrained environment.”
The commission, which is comprised of 17 members of PSC’s Board of Directors, held its first meeting on January 22 and will hold meetings throughout February and March with the aim of delivering its final report to Congress and the executive branch by early April. Throughout the process, the commission will seek input from stakeholders and experts, including PSC member companies, federal officials and others with common interests.
“We have been greatly encouraged by the resonance this concept has found not only among our industry colleagues, but also on Capitol Hill and in the agencies,” said PSC President and CEO Stan Soloway. “All of them recognize both the crisis, and the opportunity, we face as a nation. Our hope is to draw from a variety of sources and develop a set of thoughtful, actionable recommendations that can help move the ball forward.”
About PSC: PSC is the voice of the government professional and technical services industry. PSC’s more than 350 member companies represent small, medium, and large businesses that provide federal agencies with services of all kinds, including information technology, engineering, logistics, facilities management, operations and maintenance, consulting, international development, scientific, social, environmental services, and more. Together, the trade association’s members employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in all 50 states. Follow PSC on Twitter @PSCSpeaks and @StanSoloway.