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OFPP's Jordan takes price debate to Twitter

Joseph Jordan, administrator for federal procurement policy at the OMB, has turned to Twitter for insights on the best ways for agencies to get information on prices paid when making their contracting decisions.

The issue of pricing is a hot one these days, as many agencies use lowest price, technically acceptable as their criteria for making award decisions.

Best price also has landed several companies in hot water with the General Services Administration’s inspector general, to the tune of millions of dollars paid to settle allegations that they didn't give the government their best price.

Jordan hasn’t gotten a ton of responses to his tweet, but I get the sense that there is a need for better tools such as improvements to the Contract Business Analysis Repository, known as CBAR, that captures information on contracts for the Defense Contract Management Agency.

The acronym PNM was mentioned, but frankly, I can’t figure out what that is. Apparently, it is something that is going to be added to the CBAR tool.

So far, Jordan has two people responding to him, @necessityschild and @acqtrailblazer, though several others have retweeted his question.

Others should join in. You should grab every chance you can to engage Jordan and OFPP in a conversation.

Jordan’s twitter handle is @OFPPJoe and he used the hashtag #govcon.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on May 09, 2013 at 7:24 PM


Reader Comments

Fri, May 10, 2013

Price Negotiation Objectives Memorandum (PNOM)/Price Negotiation Memorandum (PNM), DCMA's method of documenting Contractor pricing, rates and overhead for Forward Pricing agreements (PNOM) and for specific programs (PNM).

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