Hearing on OCP Transition


Sustaining Progress through Transition at the Office of Contracting and Procurement

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces the scheduling of a public roundtable of the Committee of the Whole on “Sustaining Progress through Transition at the Office of Contracting and Procurement.”  The roundtable will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The purpose of the roundtable is to receive an update from the Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) on its progress in continuing the implementation of the Delegated Procurement Authority (DPA) staffing model.  Over the past year, OCP has undergone a staffing realignment whereby OCP contracting personnel are deployed to work at individual agencies side-by-side with agency program staff.  The next step is to convert existing agency procurement staff to OCP procurement staff.  This new model has seemingly led to better collaboration and is intended to improve the quality of contracts by better supporting the agencies and instilling contracting personnel with expertise in their assigned procurement portfolios.  This Roundtable is an opportunity to explore the effect, if any, of the change in the administration and the departure of the Chief Procurement Officer on OCP’s continuing transformation.

Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee of the Whole, at (202) 724-8196, or email Evan Cash, Committee Director, at ecash@dccouncil.us, and provide their name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Friday, February 6, 2015.  Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony.  If submitted by the close of business on February 6, 2015 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the roundtable.  Witnesses should limit their testimony to five minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses.

If you are unable to testify at the roundtable, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record.  Written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.  The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on February 24, 2015.