The Office of Management and Budget has brought all mobile device acquisition into a single category ©Press Association Images
The Office of Management and Budget has brought all mobile device acquisition into a single category ©Press Association Images

US government consolidates $1bn mobile spend

8 August 2016

The US federal government’s $1bn spend on mobile devices and services has been shifted into a single category to save money and simplify procurement.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) brought mobile device acquisition into a single category in a bid to cut the duplication and fragmentation of government mobile spend.

At the moment this covers 1,200 mobile agreements and more than 200 different service plans.

Tony Scott, federal chief information officer, said by directing agencies to report all mobile service usage and pricing data to a centrally managed system, the policy would leverage the federal government’s vast buying power. It would also eliminate unnecessary inventory and services.

“The policy released today joins the growing list of modern technology solutions aimed at streamlining and modernising the federal acquisition space,” said Scott.

“It uses an enterprise-wide model that leverages economies of scale and builds on already existing practices within the federal government to maximise efficiencies and realise greater savings.”

The OMB said the move reflects the federal government’s investments in category management to make procurement more efficient.

It said it had saved over $2.1bn since 2009 through better category management in IT and would save the government nearly $4 million through eliminating unnecessary professional services contracts. It hopes to repeat this success with mobile services.

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