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News—Service Director's Corner

Third Quarter, FY 2017 - Volume 3

Partnering Departmentwide to Focus on Missions, Achieve Federal Directives

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Earl Pinto, Director, Acquisition Management Services, PSC

Program Support Center (PSC) hosted a partner engagement forum with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) operating and staff division executive officers and senior staff to introduce innovations and a new approach to building collaborative administrative solutions that meet their most critical mission needs.

The event was in support of the initiative, PSC Partners and held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Great Hall, in Washington, D.C., on July 11.

“We are excited to showcase an acquisition solution concept that demonstrates the value of streamlined processes, automated workflows, and volume purchasing to reduce costs, speed delivery, and improve quality,” said Al Sample, Director, PSC. “We understand that HHS operating and staff divisions are facing significant challenges with M-17-22, and Secretary Price has further challenged all to ‘reimagine’ agencies,” added Sample. “PSC can play a vital role in that success. We are shifting from a service orientation to one of key solutions to solve some of your most pressing concerns and provide operational flexibility. I have challenged my team to move away from the traditional customer-provider model to foster a partnership with each of your agencies that is highly collaborative and increasingly responsive.”

The agenda included a panel of speakers. PSC speakers shared what they are doing to streamline operations in support of agencies. Opening remarks were provided by Al Sample, Director, PSC, and John Bardis, HHS Assistant Secretary for Administration. This was followed by a discussion on automated acquisition support by Bill McCabe, Director, Financial Management and Procurement Portfolio and Chief Financial Officer, PSC.

McCabe introduced an automated acquisition solution that builds toward centralized procurement. PSC is testing IBM’s cognitive intelligence technology to improve contract turnaround time and mitigate compliance risks (federal acquisition requirements). PSC is infusing leading technology to automate document creation and assist preparers to make procurement decisions.

HHS Engagement Forum

“With business intelligence and strategic planning, we can get some leverage, and negotiate with vendors to get HHS better prices,” said McCabe. If we can reduce the inefficiencies and streamline the process by just one percent, you’re saving a quarter of a billion dollars and that’s really in line with the budget guidance that’s just come out. We’re looking at a transformation of process from a unitary to group purchaser model, with people, processes and automation in place. We have a duty to the taxpayers.”

“HHS is very large and sometimes we don’t always coalesce,” said Bardis. “There are exciting opportunities before us to really build a modern electronic procurement inventory to benefit the taxpayer and help our mission get where it needs to go. It can really address some disparities in pricing and how we think about managing our resources going forward. I think that is really what the executive order is about — how do we manage our resources more efficiently.”

We thank our PSC partners for their willingness to Reimagine — so we may partner on solutions across the department to support your critical missions.

Let us help you meet your FY 17 Small Business Goals

PSC’s Acquisition Management Services and HHS Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) are available to assist you in finding the right small businesses that are capable of fulfilling your acquisition needs. We can assist in a variety of ways including:

Reminder: :

Acquisition Point of Contact (APOC) calls are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2pm. The next APOC call is scheduled for August 17. If you wish to be included on the invite, please contact Darryl Grant at

*Due to end of year activities, there will not be an APOC call during the month of September.