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Anne Rung, Tony Scott: OMB Seeks to Improve Mobile Device, Service Acquisition Through New Policy

Anne Rung
Anne Rung

The Office of Management and Budget has released a policy that seeks to improve the way federal agencies acquire and manage mobile devices and related services in compliance with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.

OMB drafted Category Management Policy 16-2 in an effort to improve pricing and reduce duplication of contracts for mobile devices and services, Federal Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung and Federal CIO Tony Scott wrote in a memorandum.

Tony Scott
Tony Scott

The proposed policy will require agencies to report pricing and usage data for such devices and services to the Integrated Data Collection office by May 31, adopt a governmentwide strategy on procurement to consolidate contracts and improve demand management practices.

The memo also recommends the implementation of a broker model in which the General Services Administration acts on behalf of agencies in the procurement of wireless devices and services, wrote Rung and Scott, both inductees into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2016.

OMB also calls on agencies to ensure accountability for mobile service contracts through the appointment of a category lead who will oversee the mobile contract inventory, recommend policies to the agency CIO and determine contract consolidation opportunities.

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