wealth of experience across the range of civilian agencies. The EAB will be developing priorities and plans for the council with broad input from across the PSC community and, most importantly, ensuring that results are achieved. At our first CAC EAB meeting in October, we developed a draft set of key priorities which will be refined based on broader feedback from the PSC membership. Among the initial topics we identified were: • Strengthening the Acquisition Workforce – develop a framework for partnering with a specific agency (such as VA and its Acquisition Academy) to provide feedback, best practices, and assistance developing new strategies for educating the workforce, as a model to further engagement with other agencies. • FISMA/Data Privacy – gain clarity on roles and responsibilities of agencies and of contractors for obtaining an Authorization to Operate (ATO) for contracts handling personally identifiable data. Generally the CIOs office has the responsibility to provide an ATO. • Administering Firm Fixed Price Contracts – acquisition personnel who are often more experienced and comfortable with cost reimbursement contracts may need
additional training or guidance on awarding and administering FFP-type contracts. • New Conflict of Interest Policies – the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) action to require certain contractors to adopt government-specified conflict of interest policies and company organizations is the most recent example. Are they the right policies for the right set of services? • Competition for IDIQs at DHS and elsewhere. These are just a sample of the topics that the CAC will tackle as it works with PSC members and our agencies to establish an environment where contractors can continue to be successful while enhancing outcomes for civilian agencies. This is a far-reaching effort that will require engagement throughout PSC’s membership, and I encourage all interested PSC members to become involved with the Civilian Agencies Council, and attend the first full council meeting on February 2, 2015. Only through a robust, collaborative effort drawing upon the energy and expertise of PSC’s dedicated members will we be able to bring our vision for successful civilian agency acquisition and missions to fruition. 3
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