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Acquisition Reforms Bill

by Debbie Wilson  |  October 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

I was so pleased to read about the Acquisition Reforms Bill sponsored by fellow New Englanders Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).  According to this Federal News Radio article, the main gist of the bill is to enable consolidated purchasing at the federal US level.  It carries the modest goal of $1 billion savings over four years.   As a US citizen and taxpayer, I like this direction becasue we KNOW that sourcing larger lots is almost always cheaper than buying small. 

Today, the 100+ US federal agencies often conduct their own bids.   There are good reasons for this – one is to preserve opportunities for small businesses.  If all agencies got together and chose a single supplier for furniture, PCs or you name it, it clearly would hurt a variety of businesses that currently enjoy the spread of awards.  According to the article – the bill has some provisions to avoid this situation. I hope this is true.   

Collaborative sourcing shouldn’t be all or nothing anyway.  Surely there is a happy medium in between one large, single source federal  contract and hundreds of smaller, agency-let agreements.


Deborah R Wilson
Research Vice President
8 years at Gartner
15 years IT industry

Deborah Wilson, a Gartner research vice president, covers procurement strategies and applications. Her areas of interest include procure-to-pay, e-marketplaces, e-sourcing, spend analysis, services procurement and supply risk assessment. Read Full Bio

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