Congress leads state legislatures in open data efforts — panel
May 24, 2016
Congressional staffers and experts agree that Congress has its open data issues, but it's still miles ahead of state and local legislatures.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
The Office of Management and Budget launched a broad strategic sourcing initiative on Thursday to ensure all federal agencies manage their acquisitions effectively.
In a memo from OMB Acting Director Jeffery Zients, the initiative calls for federal agencies to increase its use of strategic sourcing for acquisition to “negotiate the best deal for the taxpayer.”
“While every agency must eliminate inefficiencies from its acquisition processes, this initiative puts additional responsibilities for designing and implementing government-wide strategic sourcing solutions on large agencies, which make up the vast majority of all Federal contracting,” Zients wrote in the memo.
The memo calls for the following action:
Designation of strategic sourcing accountable officials: The Chief Financial Officer at the 24 CFO Act agencies shall name a Strategic Sourcing Accountable Official who will have authority to coordinate the agency’s internal strategic sourcing activity. This person must be submitted to OMB by Jan. 15, 2013.
Creation of an Interagency Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council: The SSLC shall, in consultation with the Chief Acquisition Officers Council, the Chief Financial Officers Council, the Chief Information Officers Council, the Performance Improvement Council and other interagency councils as necessary, lead the government's efforts to increase the use of government-wide management and sourcing of goods and services.
By March 2013, the SSLC shall submit to OMB a set of recommendations for management strategies for specific goods and services - including several IT commodities identified through the PortfolioStat process - that would ensure that the federal government receives the most favorable offer possible.
At a minimum, the SSLC recommendations shall:
The General Services Administration will have additional responsibilities
In addition to taking part in the SSLC, the administrator of GSA shall also:
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