Federal Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung and Chief Information Officer Tony Scott said the Office of Management and Budget‘s new directive on information technology commodity acquisition works to bolster the government’s buying power.
Rung and Scott wrote in a White House blog entry posted Friday that the directive is based on the findings of a NASA-led interagency team, which identified areas where agencies can reduce waste in the procurement of IT commodities.
The guidance focuses on the standardization of computer configurations and requirements, the implementation of smart business practices and the award of contracts via a few best-in-class acquisition vehicles.
According to the blog entry, OMB’s goals are to save on contract administration costs, drive savings in the management of the hardware portfolio and optimize price and performance.
“Improving IT commodity acquisition and management practices is a critical step in the implementation of Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act and in improving value to taxpayers,” Rung and Scott added.
They noted that OMB will track agency progress regarding the directive through PortfolioStat.