May 25, 2004
MEMORANDUM FOR HEADS
OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
Deputy Director for Management
Acquisition Officers Council
This memorandum is to notify you of the establishment of the Chief Acquisition
Officers (CAO) Council and to request that you inform the Office of Management
and Budget of your CAO representative, if required. Section 1422 of the
Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA), 41 US.C. 403, et seq., establishes
the CAO Council to be the principal interagency forum for monitoring and
improving the Federal acquisition system. This role has been performed by
the Federal Acquisition Council (FAC), which was established in February
2003 to promote acquisition-related aspects of the President's Management
Agenda. Section 1421 of SARA amends Section 16 of the Office of Federal
Procurement Policy Act, 41 US.C. 414, and identifies agencies required to
designate a CAO.
After discussions with the FAC, we determined that the existence of two
councils with overlapping responsibilities, agendas, and members would be
confusing and an inefficient use of taxpayer resources. Thus, in addition
to the responsibilities mandated by SARA, the CAO Council also will assume
the responsibilities of the FAC.
Most agencies are considering adding CAO responsibilities to existing political
appointee positions that have other areas of responsibility. Consequently,
it may be difficult for the CAOs to attend Council meetings. In such cases,
we encourage the CAO to delegate this responsibility.
Please provide us with the name, title, mailing and e-mail addresses, and
phone and fax numbers of your agency's CAO and delegated representative
to Council meetings. Your representative can be your agency's current FAC
member. This information should be e-mailed to Robert A. Burton, Associate
Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy (firstname.lastname@example.org),
by June 10, 2004.
The charter for the Council is attached. We look forward to working with
your agency on acquisition initiatives. Please feel free to call Rob Burton
at (202) 395-3302, if you have any questions.
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
Military Department Senior Procurement Executives
ACQUISITION OFFICERS COUNCIL CHARTER
Acquisition Officers (CAOs) Council (the Council) is established pursuant
to Section 16A of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Act,
as amended, 41 U.S.C. 403, et seq.
is the principal interagency forum for monitoring and improving the Federal
acquisition system. The Council:
recommendations for the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) on acquisition policies and requirements;
experiences, ideas, best practices, and innovative approaches;
the OFPP Administrator in identifying, developing, and coordinating
multi- agency projects and other innovative initiatives;
effective business practices that ensure the timely delivery of best
value products and services and achieve public policy objectives, working
with the OFPP Administrator and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council
integrity, fairness, competition, openness, and efficiency; and
with the Office of Personnel Management, assesses and addresses the
hiring, training, and professional development needs of the acquisition
also is focused on promoting the President’s Management Agenda in
all aspects of the acquisition system, as well as the President’s
specific acquisition-related initiatives and policies.
is chaired by OMB’s Deputy Director for Management (DDM). The OFPP
Administrator leads the Council’s activities on behalf of the DDM.
The Vice-Chair shall be selected by the Council from among its members.
The Vice-Chair shall serve a one-year term, and may serve multiple terms.
of agency CAOs, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics
and Technology, and the Senior Procurement Executives of each military
department. In addition, members may include other senior agency officers
appointed by the heads of agencies in consultation with the Chair.
shall meet every three months, or as needed, at the discretion of the
Chair. Administrative support to the Council shall be provided by the
General Services Administration.
may use working groups to address particular issues and initiatives, as
needed. Working groups consist of Council members or other agency personnel
with the requisite expertise to effectively address the issues and initiatives.
Working group members and tasks are assigned by the Chair or Vice-Chair.
may appoint liaisons with the Chief Information Officers Council, the
Chief Financial Officers Council, the Human Resources Management Council,
the Small Business Procurement Advisory Council, and other councils or
organizations, as appropriate.
is effective as of June 1, 2004.
Deputy Director for Management
Office of Management and Budget