Category management

  • ‘CEOs’ to build on $2B in acquisition savings

    The Office of Federal Procurement Policy named 11 executives to manage $270 billion in spending across 10 commodity areas under the category management initiative.

  • Human capital management contract a ‘true collaboration’ between OPM, GSA

    Officials with OPM and OMB touted the Human Capital and Training Solutions contract as the first and best of its kind under the Obama administration’s category management initiative.

  • David Shields: The history and promise of category management

    The British government, which spends some $317 billion a year, was the first to use category management to control government spending. David Shields, procurement transformation executive who led the U.K. effort, recently joined ASI Government in Rosslyn, Virginia. He joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the history and promise of category management.

  • Q&A with GSA’s Mary Davie

    Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of the Integrated Technology Service, Federal Acquisition Service, joins host Roger Waldron on In Depth to discuss ITS’s government wide contract vehicles. March 8, 2016

  • OMB moves ahead with proposed ban of most new contracts for mobile devices, services

    A draft memo released for public comment March 29 would require GSA to run a governmentwide contract for mobile devices and services, and mandate agencies use that new vehicle by August 2018.

  • “NITAAC in Your Pocket”

    Rob Coen, director of the NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to discuss NITAAC’s portfolio of government wide contract vehicles. March 22, 2016

  • Larry Allen: GSA to enhance knowledge of contract categories

    The General Services Administration is making moves to enhance its own knowledge of categories. Larry Allen of Allen Federal Business Partners tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how this could in turn benefit contractors.

  • Strategic sourcing: Evolving or devolving?

    The General Services Administration is soliciting industry input on how to buy office supplies differently through the multiple award schedules. Some in industry say GSA is reacting to continued challenges with the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI).

  • Growing confusion over category management sparks Hill interest

    Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), chairman and ranking member of the Small Business Committee respectively, wrote a letter to GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth in early April asking for more details on how GSA is ensuring category management doesn’t impact small businesses.

  • Larry Allen: Is category management squeezing out small business?

    Category management was supposed to streamline how the government buys commodities and save money. But it might also be squeezing out small business and, instead, driving prices higher. At least that’s what some members of Congress are asking the General Services Administration. Larry Allen , president of Allen Federal Business Partners, shares his perspective on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.