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Strengthening the Federal Acquisition Workforce: Government-wide Leadership and Initiatives


Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building SD-342

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This hearing reviewed the status of efforts to strengthen the Federal acquisition workforce against the backdrop of dramatic growth in contracting spending, a static size of the Federal acquisition workforce, and an expected wave of retirements within that workforce. In particular, the hearing examined whether the administration is providing effective government-wide leadership and coordination on acquisition workforce issues and whether agencies with significant contract expenditures have the tools they need to build sufficient internal capacity to oversee mission-critical contracts.


Panel 1

  • The Honorable  Jeffrey D. Zients
    Federal Chief Performance Officer and Deputy Director for Management
    U.S. Office of Management and Budget
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  • Ms.  Nancy Kichak
    Associate Director, Strategic Human Resource Policy
    U.S. Office of Personnel Management
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  • Mr.  David Drabkin
    Acting Chief Acquisition Officer
    U.S. General Services Administration
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Panel 2

  • The Honorable  Elaine Duke
    Under Secretary for Management
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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  • Mr.  Bill McNally
    Assistant Administrator for Procurement and Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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  • Mr.  John Bashista
    Deputy Director of the Office of Procurement and Assistance Management
    U.S. Department of Energy
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  • Ms.  Deidre Lee
    Executive Vice President for Federal Affairs and Operations
    Professional Services Council
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