Acquisition

OMB names category management leads

Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

OMB's Anne Rung announced a new cadre of category managers who will try to get a handle on what the federal government pays for products and services.

Tiffany Hixon of the General Services Administration is among the 10 category managers tapped by the Office of Management and Budget to oversee the government's Category Management acquisition plan.

Hixon, a regional commissioner for GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, is the Professional Services Category Manager, said Anne Rung, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, in a Feb. 25 blog post announcing the new managers.

As FCW reported earlier, Kim Luke, a former vice president at Hewlett Packard, will serve as Information Technology Category Manager. While at HP, Luke was vice president of strategic growth, and managed the company's federal contracts.

In addition to the IT and professional services categories, the categories include medical, transportation, travel and lodging, human capital, security and protection, facilities and construction, industrial products and services and office management.

OMB drew on senior leaders from within its ranks, as well as from GSA, the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Personnel Management. The officials, Rung said, will also oversee a "Category Management Center of Excellence" on behalf of the government while working closely with a program management office in GSA.

Each of the 10 managers, Rung said, brings "tremendous expertise" to the categories they manage, helping the push towards more efficiencies and savings.

Hixson, for example, brings more than 25 years of professional experience in the field of acquisition management, working her way up through the acquisition ranks from contract specialist to director for Commerce Acquisition Solutions at the Department of Commerce, then to her position at FAS.

"Kim and Tiffany will oversee the Professional Services and IT areas of Federal procurement, respectively -- together representing nearly $114 billion a year in spending," 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.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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