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The Chief Acquisition Officers Council (the Council) is established pursuant to Section 16 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act, as amended, 41 USC 403, et seq.

The Council consists of a diverse group of acquisition professionals in the Executive Branch established to provide a senior level forum for monitoring and improving the federal acquisition system. The Council promotes effective business practices that ensure the timely delivery of best value products and services to the agencies, achieve public policy objectives, and further integrity, fairness, competition, and openness in the federal acquisition system. The Council works closely with the Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council to promote these business practices in the acquisition system.

Public Law 93-400, "The Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act", as amended, created the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in 1974, and placed it in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The OFPP was created, among other purposes, to provide Government-wide procurement policies "...which shall be followed by Executive agencies..." in the procurement activities.

"To further achieve effective, efficient, and economic administration of the Federal procurement system, (Public Law 98-191, dated December 1, 1983) the head of each executive agency shall designate a senior procurement executive who shall be responsible for management direction of the procurement system of the executive agency." In 1999, an interagency council, consisting of agency procurement executives was chartered and named the Procurement Executives Council (PEC). Its mission was to monitor and improve the Federal Acquisition System consisting of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which is the primary document, and agency acquisition regulations that implement or supplement the FAR.

Entering the year 2000, the PEC focused its vision on the following strategic priorities:
- Create an acquisition workforce of mission-focused business leaders
- Optimize technology as a key business enabler
- Lead collaboration to achieve desired business results
- Effectively integrate socio-economic programs in the Federal Procurement System
- Transform the Federal Acquisition System for better business results

On January 16, 2003, a subsequent Charter was introduced at the PEC Executive Committee Meeting, to be effective February 20, 2003. The charter, in addition to some membership changes, includes a name change from Procurement Executive Council to Federal Acquisition Council (FAC) to provide greater flexibility and a more inclusive reach beyond procurement.

The Services Acquisition Reform Act 2003, P.L. 104-106 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004) established the position of the Chief Acquisition Officer for all agencies subject to the Chief Financial Officers Act. The legislation required the Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO) to have acquisition management as the primary duty and to advise and assist the head of the executive agency and other agency officials to ensure that the mission of the executive agency is achieved through the management of the agency's acquisition activities. The CAO of an agency is responsible for monitoring the performance of acquisition activities, increasing the use of full and open competition, increasing performance-based acquisition, making acquisition decisions consistent with laws, managing acquisition policy, and strategically managing an acquisition career management program.

On June 1, 2004, a new Charter was effected further consolidating Council purpose, membership, liaison, and working groups. This charter renamed the Council as the Chief Acquisition Officers Council to better address end-to-end acquisition issues.

Council Definining Documents

• CAOC Charter
• CAOC History

Member List

• CAO Council Members

Working Groups

• Acquisition Committee for E-Government
• Human Capital
• Multi-Sector Workforce Management
• Interagency Acquisitions
• Small Business Contracting
• Strategic Sourcing

Working Groups
  Acquisition Committee for E-Government
  Human Capital
  Interagency Acquisitions
  Multi-Sector Workforce Management
  Project Management
  Small Business Contracting
  Strategic Sourcing

Acquisition Community Connection

Defense Acquisitions University

Federal Acquisition Institute
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