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Federal News Radio’s fourth annual survey of chief acquisition officers and senior procurement executives found training, recruitment and retaining acquisition workers continues to be their highest priority. But the survey found CAOs believe finding efficiencies in their contracts is becoming more important. Commerce’s Barry Berkowitz said his agency’s spend analysis showed possible consolidation and reduction opportunities in $800 million in procurement spending.

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  • CAOs feel the pressure to get more bang for the buck

    Federal News Radio’s fourth annual survey of chief acquisition officers and senior procurement executives found training, recruitment and retaining acquisition workers continues to be their highest priority. But the survey found CAOs believe finding efficiencies in their contracts is becoming more important. Commerce’s Barry Berkowitz said his agency’s spend analysis showed possible consolidation and reduction opportunities in $800 million in procurement spending.

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