Department of Commerce

Department-wide Cataloging & Price Negotiation for Subscription Services

I suggest a catalog of information and data subscriptions (e.g., newspaper subscriptions, subscription-based research and analysis services, etc.) used by agencies be compiled, to be used to eliminate overlap and to negotiate discounted group pricing for subscription-based assets. Rather than having individual offices negotiate subscriptions to newspapers and data sources, the government could potentially save hundreds of millions of dollars each year by inventorying subscription-based services being used, and then using that inventory/catalog to negotiate Department-wide "group" rates, thereby eliminating substantial waste.

 

This initiative could be started as a grass-roots operation, with each agency collecting data on subscription-based assets being utilized, and then passing that information to the Departmental level to create a view of the services being used, and their current costs, across the Department.

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Idea No. 13629