Anne Rung, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, has outlined actions that OFFP has implemented to promote category management, advance innovation and establish vendor relationships since the Obama administration introduced in 2014 a plan to streamline the federal marketplace.
Rung wrote in a White House blog post published Friday that OFPP plans to release a draft version of the Category Management Circular and is on track to meet its objective to reduce by 20 percent the number of procurement contracts for desktop computers and laptops.
OFPP has unveiled the Digital IT Acquisition Professional Training program in an effort to promote agile software design principles and has collaborated with the U.S. Digital Service to introduce the TechFAR Hub that seeks to provide procurement officials with tools to facilitate procurement of digital services, she said.
Rung, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2016, noted that her office also launched an Acquisition 360 survey to collect feedback from vendors on federal agencies’ IT acquisitions and partnered with the Small Business Administration to meet the office’s contracting procurement goals for small businesses.
She said her office also expects the federal government to generate $3.5 billion in savings by the end of 2017 through category management and consolidate approximately 45 percent of the $1.1 billion spent on annual procurement of laptops and desktops into three government-wide contracts by the end of 2016.