Collective Acquisition Expertise: Drawing Insights from Leaders
The US federal government spends nearly a half-trillion dollars per year through contracts, buying everything from office supplies and automobiles to professional services, information technology, and complex weapon systems. This week’s ACQUIRE conference is just the latest event that highlights the critical role played by acquisition in virtually every facet of government.
The effectiveness with which the government buys these products increasingly separates mission success from mission failure. Acquisition can play a role in both the government’s most laudable achievements and its highest-profile disappointments.
With more than one out of every six dollars of federal government spending going to contractors, it is imperative that the federal government leverages its buying power, drives more consistent practices across federal agencies, shares information, and reduces duplication while providing better results for the American taxpayers.
As agencies continue to face pressure to do more with less, getting more for the money spent through contracts is critical. Now, as much as ever, it is imperative that government is a smart buyer. Despite this critical imperative to get things right, acquisition remains one of the most significant management challenges facing federal agencies.
The IBM Center for The Business of Government has engaged in a wide variety of of research, blogs, publications, and radio interviews that address Federal acquisition, in order to provide a resource from which to draw practical, actionable recommendations for government in this critically important area. Below we highlight that content, and will soon be releasing a report that synthesizes lessons learned into a set of recommendations that can help a new Administration leverage acquisition effectively to achieve major goals for the American people.
Publications (Reports & Magazines)
Reverse Auctioning: Saving Money and Increasing Transparency by David C.Wyld
Maximizing the Value of Government IT: Insights from Mary Davie, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Integrated Technology Services, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S General Services Administration by Michael J. Keegan
IBM Center Blog Posts
Post-Award Contract Management – Where the Acquisition Rubber Meets the Performance Road by Dan Chenok (with Steve Kelman)
Government Gone Agile: How “Agile Management” Can Enhance Agency Success by Dan Chenok (with Joiwind Ronen)
The Business of Government Hour Radio Show (Interviews)
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