Stop reducing funds for an agency if they don’t use all of the allocated funds for the FY. Projects that are not completely necessary have been started just so the organizations fund will not be reduced next FY. If the threat of fund reduction is gone, procurement will no longer have to spend money just for the sake of spending money.
Review purchasing contracts regularly. With economic conditions so fragile, one must be able to negotiate prices on a regular basis.
Having come from the private sector and as an office manager, government monies should be looked at as if it's your money.
You should institute a policy whereby if a price is found cheaper either the vendor honors it, or you go elsewhere.
Move procurement actions onto web technology; most contracting/grants specialists still use paper for official files and only have email to attempt e-government. Enormous amount of time is wasted on finding/organizing and assembling the necessary procurement documents. Web technology with appropriate file sharing will save billions.
It's understandable if the... more »
Challenge - to examine procurement “best value” over time, to organization as a whole, instead of treating each effort individually at a specific point in time.
Solution – Provide templates that are easy to build, standardize, available immediately and require little training to quantify upstream and downstream impacts which increase value and decrease costs, over the... more »
Get rid of the extremely stringent costing metrics. Forcing researchers to spend their research money too quickly can result in waste.