OMB puts ex-HP exec in charge of IT acquisition
A former vice president of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services will lead the IT category for the administration’s acquisition gateway, the Office of Management and Budget confirmed to FedScoop Thursday.
Kim Luke, who previously focused on the strategic growth of HP’s public sector line of business, is charged with developing the strategy around and maintaining the IT category in the acquisition gateway, a Web-based platform designed to help usher in a more unified and better organized federal procurement process.
The gateway is rooted in the principles of category management, a procurement philosophy developed in the private sector and now being adopted by governments in which products the organization buys are broken down into broad categories, centralizing decision-making, and allowing a strategic and collaborative approach to purchasing across federal agencies.
The acquisition gateway currently features 19 category “hallways” — 10 main categories that in some cases have been broken down into subcategories — each of which will be headed by a category manager like Luke. The IT category is currently broken into four subcategories: IT hardware, IT security, IT software and IT services. The IT category was one of the first to arrive on the acquisition gateway when it launched in October 2014.
According to Luke’s LinkedIn profile, he’s served IT category manager since January.
Prior to joining HP in 2005, Luke also spent more than 20 years of his career as an executive at Washington, D.C.-based Electronic Data Systems.
FCW first reported Luke’s hiring.
The officials in charge of the acquisition gateway recently opened it to the public for the first time to give American citizens and businesses a chance to see what’s going on behind the scenes and offer their help in its ongoing development.
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