In the world of contracting oversight, it's not every day that you come
across a striking image. But after looking through the this week's "Acquisition Workforce Development Strategic Plan for Civilian Agencies – FY 2010-2014" from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), I thought this one was worth sharing:
The OMB explains:
Between FY2000 and FY2008, acquisition spending by civilian agencies expanded by 56 percent, from $80 billion to $138 billion (in inflation-adjusted dollars). Over this same time period, the number of contract specialists (GS-1102s, the only segment of the acquisition workforce for which historically consistent data are available) grew by only 24 percent from 7,995 to 9,921 (see figure below). In contrast, both acquisition spending and the number of contract specialists in civilian agencies were little changed during the previous decade.
Though the image doesn't paint a complete picture — it omits spending data from the Department of Defense and acquisition workforce data beyond the GS-1102s — it highlights a concern we've had for some time: the acquisition workforce is stretched too thin.
-- Bryan Rahija