The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), part of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced yesterday that contract spending in fiscal year 2012 fell by $20 billion compared to fiscal year 2011.
According to OFPP, seven of the $20 billion came from reductions in management support services such as information technology systems, development, program management and engineering. Savings were also achieved by agencies pooling their purchases to get the same goods and services at lower prices.
The administration is proud of its accomplishments and last Wednesday, announced a new series of initiatives to continue the trend. The focus of the new initiatives is to drive even better coordination of contracting to achieve more savings in buying computers, IT software, janitorial and sanitation supplies, office furniture, building maintenance and operations services, and other professional technical services.
As almost an afterthought, the new initiatives add "To the maximum extent practicable, all strategic sourcing opportunities shall seek to increase participation by small businesses".