The USPTO Office of Procurement (OP) awards and administers a wide variety of contracts and simplified purchases for the acquisition of goods and services in support of the agency's mission. OP continually strives to remain on the leading edge of procurement reform and current technology. To that end, the Office of Procurement uses USPTO's unique Patent and Trademark Acquisition Guidelines (PTAG) (adopted March 10, 2003; revised October 3, 2013) to conduct acquisitions in an efficient and innovative manner, including using performance based contracts, contracting for commercial items, reverse auctioning, and oral proposals. It is our goal to continually identify and utilize new techniques to develop partnerships with industry.
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The Office of Procurement is composed of the Policy Analysis and Liaison Division and three operational contracting support divisions: Information Technology (IT) Acquisition Division, Patents and Trademarks Acquisition Division, and Corporate Services Acquisition Division.
Policy Analysis and Liaison Division
The Policy Analysis and Liaison Division has primary responsibility for the following functions and activities:
- Coordinating, implementing, and maintaining OP policies and guidance, including guidance related to simplified acquisition procedures, contracts, and purchase card procurements;
- Measuring OP performance against established goals for competition, performance-based service contracts, and various small business programs;
- Evaluating the execution of the procurement function to assess compliance with legislation, regulations, and Department of Commerce and USPTO OP policies and procedures;
- Ensuring that Federal Procurement System Next Generation (FPDS-NG) procurement data is current, complete, and accurate;
- Managing and overseeing the USPTO Purchase Card Program;
- Ensuring that completed contracts are closed out and excess funds are recouped; and
- Familiarizing the small business community with USPTO product and service needs.
Loren Howcroft, is the Division Chief of the Policy Analysis and Liaison Division.
Operational Contracting Support Divisions
The operational contracting staff divisions are strategically aligned with our USPTO customer base to facilitate effective business partnerships and leverage process efficiencies for the acquisition of quality products and services. The goals, objectives, and responsibilities of the operational divisions are as follows:
- Serve as the acquisition and business adviser and interact with USPTO business units to implement all Department of Commerce, UPSTO, OCFO, and OP procurement and acquisition policies and procedures;
- Ensure USPTO compliance with applicable acquisition rules and regulations;
- Ensure that the highest level of procurement integrity is followed in all procurements;
- Research and implement innovative and effective business solutions in support of the USPTO, OCFO, and OP mission;
- Establish advance planning techniques in partnership with program offices to link their goals with the USPTOs strategic, budget, and information technology plans;
- Coordinate and conduct all procurement planning, solicitation, proposal evaluation, negotiation, and award functions in support of USPTO business units;
- Provide customers and associated contractors timely and efficient contract execution, administration, funding, and closeout services;
- Foster open communications to promote, build, and nurture effective partnerships with industry, other agencies, and internal stakeholders to keep abreast of best practices; and
- Respond to internal and external data calls and requests for procurement and contracting information.
Sylvia Van Dyke is the Division Chief of the Information Technology (IT) Acquisition Division.
John Bardwell is the Division Chief of the Patents and Trademarks Acquisition Division.
Chris Hannah is the Division Chief of the Corporate Services Acquisition Division.