News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

March 6, 2019

award nomination

Call for Entries! 2019 Elmer B. Staats Contracting Professional Excellence Award

The Procurement Round Table, in cooperation with the National Contract Management Association, will award $5,000 to a federal acquisition professional who has contributed significantly to contracting operations or acquisition policy. Nominations are due by April 24, 2019. For questions, please contact


Open Message to the Acquisition Workforce

In support of improved communication and increasing engagement with the acquisition workforce, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) launched Project InReach, a new campaign to improve internal communication with members of the acquisition workforce, and especially frontline professionals. Be a part of the campaign! Read the Open Message to the Acquisition Workforce that kicks off Project InReach and describes how you can get involved and become more engaged in activities. The open message is available on the Acquisition Gateway.  New to the Acquisition Gateway?  Sign-up and sign-in here.  After signing in, you can access the open message using this direct link.   

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The wait is over…. the Acquisition Compass is here!!!

Recognizing that communication is critical to a high performing workforce, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) launched a new campaign called Project InReach that’s all about you – the acquisition workforce! The campaign features the Acquisition Compass, a new resource on the Acquisition Gateway to help quickly find OFPP policies and resources. Are you new to the Acquisition Gateway?  Sign-up and sign-in here. After signing in, you can access the Acquisition Compass using this direct link.  

GSA Smart pay

Professional Services Spotlight: GSA SmartPay Program

Don't miss the next government-wide Professional Services Category Spotlight webinar about the GSA SmartPay program. The webinar is scheduled for March 21, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. ET. GSA SmartPay® is the world’s largest government charge card program, with 3.4 million accounts across 560 customer agencies, organizations, and Native American tribal governments. Spotlight webinars are designed to share best practices and recent expertise in presentations that encourage audience participation. Plus earn 1 CLP.  Register today



LEAP into 2019!

Procurement is increasingly becoming one of the most important aspects of government operations. To deliver on its mission, your agency needs goods and services delivered reliably, effectively and cost-efficiently. The Leadership Excellence for Acquisition Professionals (LEAP) program can help workers become stronger, more confident leaders who can motivate employees, communicate clearly and collaborate effectively. Innovative ideas start with creative, highly skilled leaders. To become the kind of leader your agency needs, apply for LEAP by March 29, 2019.

Register for Gateway 101 today!

Gateway 101 is happening on March 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Attend and learn how you can use the Acquisition Gateway and its tools in your procurements.  Attendees will earn one CLP!  Register today. 



Professional Services Office Hours: Order-Level Materials

Register today for GSA's next Professional Services Category Office Hours webinar scheduled for March 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. ET. This month's topic is Order-Level Materials or OLMs. OLMs are supplies and/or services acquired in direct support of an individual task or delivery order placed against a Schedule contract or BPA.  Plus earn 1 CLP.

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