Jeff Zients, Office of Management and Budget‘s acting director, said last Friday during the quarterly President’s Management Advisory Board meeting that the administration’s strategic sourcing strategy may become mandatory, according to Federal News Radio.
Ruben Gomez reports that the strategic sourcing initiative was implemented in order to convert the immense size of the federal government into buying power for devices, print management, and IT hardware services.
Zients added that the mandatory application of the project may increase performance.
Gail McGovern, board member and president and CEO of the Red Cross, added that the proposal would yield stronger results for the program.
The board members also suggested procedures on how to improve data gathering and utilization for the decision making process. Suggestions included drafting requests for information regarding data perquisites and solicitations.
On the other hand, critics of the initiative are arguing that the program would negatively impact vendors and the economy.
Rick Vogel, a federal government sales manager for Coast to Coast Computer Products, was interviewed earlier this year saying that the initiative limits the number of potential contractors for every contract which hampers economic competition.
This can be very detrimental to the industry especially for marginalized and small businesses.
Without enough business to go around, businesses are forced to close down and many jobs will be lost, he added.