21 for 2021: Opportunities to Improve Federal Procurement

As we kickoff 2021, with a new administration and a new Congress, the Coalition for Government Procurement takes this opportunity to highlight 21 opportunities to improve the procurement system’s support of agency missions:

  • Assisted services — leveraging acquisition capabilities to support agency mission improvement;
  • Category management and best in class contracts — time to pause and re-assess;
  • Cloud computing and consumption-based pricing — unlocking best value for customer agencies by promoting competition through the reduction of market barriers;
  • Cooperative purchasing – in the face of current challenges faced by state and local governments, leveraging the schedules will be helpful;
  • Cybersecurity and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification — the impact of SolarWinds and the coordination of compliance;
  • Defense Production Act — new efforts to ramp up supplies and reliable domestic supply chains;
  • Defense Logistics Agency-Department of Veterans Affairs shared services – reducing friction in the logistics system;
  • Domestic sourcing – a holistic approach to the incentives and investments critical to the domestic industrial base;
  • Electronic cataloging – unfulfilled potential for DLA’s E-Cat to support VA and reduce the dependence on open market purchase card transactions;
  • E-commerce — what we learn from the pilot and the implications for government policies;
  • Engagement with industry — VA’s opportunity to reboot medical facility engagement with industry;

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