PSC’s Acquisition Policy Review Committee Calls for New Thinking on Acquisition Policy 

Arlington, VA, July 28, 2014—The Professional Services Council’s Acquisition Policy Review Committee delivered its recommendations on defense, information technology, protest and other acquisition policies to Congress and the administration today.

The recommendations, which are designed to help the government capture and integrate the widest possible array of solutions to meet its missions,  emphasize innovation, “speed to outcome,” and developing a contemporary, empowered acquisition workforce.

“While these recommendations will not fix the entire acquisition system on their own, if adopted, they will serve as an important step in righting the ship,” said PSC President and CEO Stan Soloway. “Moreover, while some of the recommendations build off of ideas long discussed, others represent new approaches. No longer can we afford incremental tactical adjustments. The times demand change of a most profound kind.”

The PSC agenda, which is being shared with members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees and the acquisition leadership throughout government, will form the basis for PSC’s advocacy action, as well as set the framework for PSC’s Acquisition and Business Policy and Technology Policy Councils. It will also be advanced by PSC’s customer-focused Civilian Agencies Council, Defense and Intelligence Council, and the Council of International Development Companies. 

“The acquisition system is at an important crossroads. The convergence of technology and services and other shifting dynamics in the marketplace mandate that the government rethink how it acquires solutions from the private sector,” Soloway said. “There are a range of acquisition reviews in progress across government, which make clear that the need for change is widely understood. But in the end, it is up to leaders in government and industry to ensure the change that happens is the change we need.”

To read the full report, click here.


About PSC: PSC is the voice of the government technology and professional services industry. PSC’s more than 370 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.