Joe Jordan, the outgoing administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), said agencies have only scratched the surface of the administration’s campaign to buy smarter.
Jordan, whose last day at OFPP was Friday, January 17, 2014, said savings from strategic sourcing are up, there’s more competition among vendors than in previous years, and he expects overall federal procurement spending to go down once again when the final fiscal 2013 numbers come in next month.
“You’ve seen the largest two-year decrease in contract spending in history. The President has long said we need to reign in contract spending, and I’ve said we have to buy smarter,” Jordan said in an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio. “I think you see some clear evidence we’ve been able to do that, and not just because the topline went down. A lot of that is due to smarter buying techniques and some of that is due to budgetary issues.”
He pointed to several areas, including a larger number of agencies buying more strategically, cutting management support service contracts, increasing contracts to small businesses and ensuring there is real competition for procurements.
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