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GAO-21-40, FEDERAL BUYING POWER

GAO-21-40, FEDERAL BUYING POWER: OMB Can Further Advance Category Management Initiative by Focusing on Requirements, Data, and Training.

Category management is a government-wide initiative led by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that saves the federal government billions of dollars each year by improving how agencies buy common products and services. Defining requirements is a key first step agencies should take to understand what products and services they need before deciding how to buy them. However, OMB has primarily focused on the contracting aspects of the initiative, for example, in its guidance and implementation metrics. Leading practitioners of category management told GAO that agencies could save billions of additional dollars if OMB focused more on how agencies define requirements, which is consistent with GAO's previous findings.

Key Words:  Small Business, Manage Requirements, Data Challenges

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