Low-Hanging Fruit is Still Growing in GovCon!

Because obligations made using Simplified Acquisition Procedures have increased an average of $1.5B each fiscal year for the last 11 fiscal years, we launched a beta of our new Simplified Acquisitions Bootcamp on February 17th and are receiving great feedback. This is our first attempt offering a drip-content education program that blends independent-study with facilitator interaction. We're pretty excited at the survey responses we're getting from participants at the end of each module and look forward to the official launch in April.

In the meantime, we thought we'd share some of the goodness of our favorite fruit, the low-hanging kind.

A quick check of FY 2020 spending under the Simplified Acquisitions Procedures shows half of the federal agencies reporting the use of Simplified Acquisitions to FPDS-NG (36 of 72) show increased spending of more than 33% overall. The list of overachievers includes:

COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION

CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

DEFENSE, DEPARTMENT OF

EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE

 HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF

HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, DEPARTMENT OF

INTERIOR, DEPARTMENT OF THE

INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER COMMISSION: U.S.-MEXICO

INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

J. F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF

MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

PEACE CORPS

PRETRIAL SERVICES AGENCY

RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

THE COUNCIL OF THE INSPECTORS GENERAL ON INTEGRITY AND EFFICIENCY

TRANSPORTATION, DEPARTMENT OF

TREASURY, DEPARTMENT OF THE

UNITED STATES TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

VETERANS AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF

Some of the highlights from this list include:

  • $250M increased use of Simplified Acquisitions by Commerce
  • $3B increased use of Simplified Acquisitions by Defense
  • $10M increased use of Simplified Acquisitions by Education
  • More than double the YTD spend as compared to FY19 by EOP and FCC
  • $57M increased use of Simplified Acquisitions by Homeland
  • $20M increased use of Simplified Acquisitions by Interior
  • $58M increased use of Simplified Acquisitions by Justice
  • $10M increased use of Simplified Acquisitions by Peace Corps
  • $10M increased use of Simplified Acquisitions by Social Security
  • $107M increased use of Simplified Acquisitions by Treasury
  • $65M increased use of Simplified Acquisitions by Veterans Affairs

The net increase of $3 billion dollars, while heavily weighted on DoD, is another sign federal agencies continue to find a FASA way to purchase the goods and services needed to support agency goals and missions. It's also a clear sign the record set during FY 2019 of more than $25B in Simplified Acquisition obligations, won't be standing for long.

Go-To-Guy Timberlake, SCIIF

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