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Grant Thornton comments on OMB proposed circular, "Implementing Category Management for Common Goods and Services"

Importance of the Category Management Initiative
Category management provides a foundation for creating strategically focused procurement efforts designed to guide buyers to the most ideal solutions, ease access to preferred vehicles, and increase buying power by optimizing the contract landscape. The federal government, the single largest buyer in the world with approximately $450 billion in annual spend on common goods and services, is implementing category management to buy as one, gain efficiencies, and improve performance. Category management presents realizable and lasting benefits for all of government because of its focus on the entire acquisition lifecycle. With Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) guidance, agency executives will be enabled in the application of category management practices that will help improve how the government operates and how the public receives its services. As a government-wide initiative, category management has the platform and attention it needs for Performance Improvement Officers, Chief Acquisition Officers, and other agency leaders to set the vision and criteria for buying as a single enterprise.

Grant Thornton has provided comments on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) draft Circular, “Implementing Category Management for Common Goods and Services”, in response to the Federal Register notice dated October 7, 2016. As a leading provider of public sector advisory services, we bring a unique perspective based on our significant experience and lessons learned in applying OMB guidance to help organizations meet their strategic goals. Many of our recommendations can be implemented via minor changes to the existing language, while others are more nuanced.

Comments are broken down for the following sections:
  • Section 6. Common Categories of Goods and Services
  • Section 7. Key Principles
  • Section 8. Strategies and Policies
  • Section 9. Governance, Roles and Responsibilities
  • Section 10. Increasing the Visibility of Data and Information
  • Section 11. Measuring CM Success
  • Section 12. Workforce Category Management Training

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