District of Columbia Approves New IT Staff Procurement Process
The District of Columbia’s Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) have created a new information technology (IT) staff augmentation process designed to make staff procurement more transparent and to save money. The new process is the result of a six-month study into the IT staff procurement process in the District and other states.
The study found that the District’s previous process was too costly and time consuming, and that 80 percent of the vendors involved in the process were dissatisfied with the District’s lack of transparency, lack of opportunity and slow payment. The new process allows all vendors to see all IT staff procurement opportunities by posting the winning bidder, rates and the program manager who selected the bidder online in real time. “This contract kicks off a new era of greater openness and broader opportunity in the District’s procurement of IT staff,” Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty said in a statement.
More information is available at www.ocp.dc.gov.