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New Bill Pushes Agencies to Practice More Strategic Sourcing

Senators on the chamber’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee recently revealed a proposal for reform of the federal government’s acquisition process.

Sponsored by Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), the Acquisitions Reform Bill requires better use of federal strategic vehicles. This would allow agencies to pursue joint procurements versus procurement that differs agency to agency.

The General Services Administration already makes use of this strategy with equipment such as office supplies and telecommunications equipment.

A recent release from Brown’s office said the legislation would have a $1 billion goal over four years using strategic sourcing alone. The bill would also include more reverse auction use where companies can submit the lowest bid to meet all requirements.

Brown indicated the government would have to start stretching dollars. “When the federal government purchases goods and services, it must focus on getting the best possible price and make purchases in the most efficient manner,” he said.

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