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Assignment 1 – Acquisition Management at the U.S. Government Accountability Office

Arte R. Ledyard

Professor Christopher Lodge

Business 230 – Purchasing & Materials Management

July 25, 2012

The line of business, mission, and goals of the organization he/she works for. Describe these briefly.

For this assignment, I interviewed Ms. Deja Craddock, a Purchasing Manager for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that supports the Congress by investigating how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. GAO’s work is done at the request of Congress in most cases, but the Comptroller General or head of the agency does also have the authority to independently
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The operational and strategic objectives of the supply and purchasing department and how they align with the organization’s mission and goals. The purchasing and supply management function at GAO is centrally managed by the Acquisition Management (AM) office. Although some small purchases (less than $3,000) are decentralized to card holders within teams and offices, the bulk of purchasing of goods and services from private vendors and other federal agencies is handled by AM. Operationally, AM is divided into two branches: Procurement Operations and Policy. The Procurement Operations Branch provides guidance on available procurement options, program requirements, and timeframes. Additionally, AM’s Procurement Operations Branch processes all internal requisitions for products and services and also negotiates and finalizes contractual agreements between GAO and outside vendors/federal agencies. AM’s Policy Branch oversees the management and development of policies and procedures for GAO’s procurement process and Purchase Card Program and also provides training for Contracting Officer’s Technical Representatives (Jones, C.). The strategic objectives of AM are tied to GAO’s Goal 4 – “maximize the value of GAO by being a model federal agency and a world-class professional services organization (Young, C.).” To that end, AM’s Procurement Operations Branch is charged with

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