Procurement

OFPP pushes data-driven procurement

Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

OFPP's Anne Rung wants to develop digital acquisition strategies and more effectively engage vendors on large-scale IT projects.

The administrator of the Office of Management and Budget's procurement policy bureau wants to expand the use of data-driven procurement practices to cover the entire federal government.

In a memo released on Dec. 4, Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Anne Rung tasked the General Services Administration and the interagency Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council with expanding category management practices at federal agencies, developing digital acquisition strategies and more effectively engaging vendors on large-scale IT projects.

Rung wrote in a blog post that strategic sourcing efforts helped the government reduce contract spending by more than $55 billion in fiscal 2013 compared with fiscal 2012.

GSA has been using its strategic sourcing and category management initiatives to develop electronic "hallways" for a host of IT products in an effort to centralize information on product pricing, contracting and other aspects of procurement.

In the memo, Rung said the council will approve governmentwide spending categories, prioritize categories and set timelines for milestones, establish guiding principles that category managers would use to identify the best contracts and practices within their categories, and validate performance metrics for category management.

GSA will develop guidance for agencies on consistent standards for category management, including setting performance metrics, identifying best-in-class solutions and creating benchmarking methods, Rung said.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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