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Acquisition Reform in the 1990s: Lessons from a By-Gone Era for Today

August 18, 2020

-Written for and posted first on the IBM Center site-

Reflecting on acquisition reform in the 1990s as well as the work of the Section 800 panel, bring backs memories of a different era in government, and how those memories can inform current and future actions.
This guest post by Allan Burman, President of Jefferson Solutions and former Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget, is part of a longer series on government reforms over the past 30 years and lessons for future leaders.

Attention to government procurement and acquisition has long been a focus of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Congress.  As Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) OMB from 1988-1993, I often spoke about procurement issues and reforms before congressional committees.

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JEFFERSON RECOGNIZED FOR IT’S EXCELLENCE IN CONTRACTING

July 28, 2020

Congratulations are in order for Karen O’Brien and colleagues for receiving the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Small Business Contracting!

This coveted award recognizes companies that excel in Federal procurement expertise in management, familiarity with government regulations/contracting practices, technical capabilities, customer service and overall exceptional results.

Jefferson Consulting Group was recognized at the Small Business Prime Contractor Award Ceremony.

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Professional Services Council published its Spring edition of Service Contractor Magazine focused on thriving in times of change

June 1, 2020

The Professional Services Council published its Spring edition of Service Contractor Magazine focused on thriving in times of change.

Julie Susman, President & CEO of Jefferson Consulting Group, was one of four CEOs asked to contribute in the edition.  She shares her 30 years of experience in reacting to the constant changes in legislation, regulatory, policy, and administration that continuously reshapes the market.

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Reform panel warns Congress to overhaul Pentagon acquisitions, or lose technological edge

May 16, 2020

Article featuring Jefferson Solutions’ President, Dr. Allan V. Burman:

Reform panel warns Congress to overhaul Pentagon acquisitions, or lose technological edge

Dr. Allan Burman is a Commissioner at the Section 809 Panel and the former Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy for Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton and currently the president at Jefferson Solutions and Chairman of the Procurement Round Table. He holds a PhD in Education and Economics from George Washington University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Political Studies. Gabriel Nelson is a staff researcher for the Section 809 Panel and previously worked for the Congressional Research Service.

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DR. BURMAN RECEIVES NATIONAL CONTRACT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

April 1, 2020

Jefferson Solutions’ President, Dr. Allan Burman is the recipient of this year’s National Contract Management Association, (NCMA), Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Burman was recognized for his role as a commissioner on the congressionally established Section 809 Panel, aimed at streamlining and improving Department of Defense acquisition; service in policy positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and in the Office of Management and Budget under Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton; and educational contributions as an adjunct professor at George Mason University and the International Law Institute.  Dr. Burman also served as a member of the congressionally established Section 800 and Services Acquisition Reform Act Panels, both of which were aimed at reforming federal acquisition.

Each year, NCMA’s World Congress brings together individuals from government (federal, state, and local); industry; and commercial business.  At last week’s World Congress, NCMA presented Dr. Burman with its Lifetime Achievement Award, NCMA’s highest honor.  It’s given to one person each year for exceptional and noteworthy contributions to NCMA and the contract management profession.  The individual must not only be a nationally renowned and distinguished contracting professional, but he or she must also uphold NCMA’s Code of Ethics and possess an extraordinary reputation and record of achievement.  

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JEFFERSON SOLUTIONS HIRES FORMER SENIOR ADVISOR TO THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION

January 31, 2018

Washington, D.C.-January 2018-Jim Blades, Senior Advisor of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), has joined Jefferson Solutions as Vice President.

Jefferson Solutions provides management consulting services to the federal government.  It is a small, woman-owned professional services firm that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jefferson Consulting Group (JCG).  “I am extraordinarily pleased that Jefferson was able to attract an individual with Jim’s extensive leadership, acquisition, and procurement experience, ranging from simplified acquisitions through major system acquisitions, as well as real property transactions,” said Julia T. Susman, JCG’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Before joining Jefferson, Jim spent 34 years in the federal government, to include the defense and civilian sectors.  Over the last 16 years, he served in a variety of executive roles, including as Vice President (VP), Deputy VP, Division, and Branch Manager, successfully leading operational contracting organizations.

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REFORMING THE ‘USE IT OR LOSE IT’ PROBLEM IN DEFENSE ACQUISITION

January 30, 2018

Article featuring Jefferson Solutions’ President, Dr. Allan V. Burman:

REFORMING THE ‘USE IT OR LOSE IT’ PROBLEM IN DEFENSE ACQUISITION

Dr. Allan Burman is a Commissioner at the Section 809 Panel and the former Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy for Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton and currently the president at Jefferson Solutions and Chairman of the Procurement Round Table. He holds a PhD in Education and Economics from George Washington University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Political Studies. Gabriel Nelson is a staff researcher for the Section 809 Panel and previously worked for the Congressional Research Service.

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809 PANEL TESTIMONY – END-YEAR SPENDING IN DOD

September 20, 2017

Jefferson Solutions’ President and Chairman of the Budget Committee of the Section 809 Panel, Dr. Allan Burman testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management (FSO) Subcommittee. Representing the Section 809 Panel, Dr. Burman spoke on the issue of end-year federal spending surges in the Department of Defense.
Read his full testimony here: 809 PANEL TESTIMONY – END-YEAR SPENDING IN DOD

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“Space the Next Frontier”

September 7, 2017

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The Procurement Round Table, chaired by Jefferson Solutions’ President, Dr. Allan Burman, hosted a panel on Space the Next Frontier at the George Washington University Law School on September 7, 2017. Panelists included BG Mark Baird, the Director of Space Programs for the U.S. Air Force, Bill McNally, the Assistant Administrator for Procurement and the Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer for NASA, Myland Pride, the Director of Government and Legislative Affairs at Intelstat, and David Harris, the Acting General Counsel at SpaceX. The panel was moderated by PRT Director, Deb Scheider, the former Senior Procurement Executive for the National Reconnaissance Office, and focused on the current and future Space-related endeavors both in Government and Industry.

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Transportation Security Administration: An Assessment of Procurement Competition Policies, Procedures, Strategies, and Goals

August 30, 2017

At the request of the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Contracting and Procurement, the National Academy of Public Administration assembled a panel of experts to conduct a review of how TSA can enhance its competitive procurement practices and goal setting. Jefferson Solutions’ President, Dr. Allan Burman chaired the panel that in a June 2017 report concluded that TSA’s procurement goal was reasonable and identified four practices that can support effective procurement planning and competitive procurements for TSA.

The full report titled, Transportation Security Administration: An Assessment of Procurement Competition Policies, Procedures, Strategies, and Goals can be found here:

Transportation Security Administration: An Assessment of Procurement Competition Policies, Procedures, Strategies, and Goals