Anne Rung, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, has outlined several measures that OFPP has undertaken to implement category management across the government.
Rung told Michael Keegan, host of The Business of Government Hour for the IBM Center for the Business of Government, in an interview published Thursday that OFPP has worked with the General Services Administration to map commonly purchased products and services worth more than $275 billion into 10 categories.
Such categories include information technology, professional services and transportation.
OFPP also has released a directive that requires agencies to utilize the three contracts used to acquire personal computers and other IT products in an effort to reduce duplication and reach $5.8 billion in savings in the IT area by the end of 2016, she said.
Rung, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2016, noted that her office has pushed for the adoption of the “spend under management” approach through the implementation of metrics and data analytics as well as the appointment of CEOs to oversee each of the categories.
“By bringing common spend under management through the collection and analysis of prices paid and other key performance information, agencies are better positioned to get the same competitive prices and performance quality that their colleagues in other agencies are getting,” she added.