Richard Lombardi: Category Management Effort Will Help Air Force Save $2B

Richard Lombardi, U.S. Air Force deputy undersecretary for management and deputy chief management officer, has said a category management program will help the service save $2 billion and boost lethality within the force.

The Air Force said Thursday it implemented the effort four years ago to filter and determine its priorities in large goods and services contracts.

The service has so far selected category managers for the facilities and construction, security and protection, information technology, professional services, industrial products and services, and transportation and logistics sectors.

Lombardi noted that the category management teams are getting smarter and further coordinating with more mature category managers at the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center for guidance.

He added the program falls in line with the National Defense Strategy and efforts to reform the department.

Brig. Gen. Cameron Holt, commander of the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, said the effort has enabled the service to modify its financial and strategic management to maximize the taxpayers’ money.

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