Over the past year-and-a-half, the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) has examined the issues impacting government procurement and potential reforms to the procurement system. With experts from government, academia, and the private sector participating in off-the-record roundtables in Washington, D.C.; Boston, Massachusetts; and Huntsville, Alabama, this project has drawn on the expertise of a wide range of individuals who collectively represent hundreds of years of experience in government procurement. With a new Administration taking office in 2017, we believe they offer insights that can help set a new tone in the procurement culture. We also encourage the current Administration to resist any talk of “lame duck” status and to continue implementing innovative changes to the procurement process already underway. We hope outgoing officials will work with the incoming Administration to identify those reforms that have worked, those that have not, and which reforms need more time before they can reasonably be judged.
CSPC's mission is to apply the lessons of history to address today’s political challenges; Develop real-world strategic policy solutions by convening representatives from government, academia, and the private sector; and educate the next generation of leaders.