White House Procurement Chief Issues Steps to Simplify Acquisition

The administrator of federal procurement policy on Thursday delivered on a promise to help agencies cut complexity and avoid duplicative efforts in the government wide acquisition process.

The memo and a blog post from Anne Rung sought to encourage shared purchasing by category, cross-fertilization of talent and stronger relationships with industry.

“There is a critical need for a new paradigm in federal procurement,” Rung wrote. “The overwhelming feedback from industry and other stakeholders is that the sheer complexity of the federal contracting space is leading to less innovation, higher costs, and weaker performance. We have more than 3,300 contracting units across the federal government, but there’s very little sharing of information and best practices and very little collaboration across our organizations.”

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