OMB Optimistic on Effort to Change Contracting Mentality

October 6, 2011

Office of Management and Budget officials believe agencies are ready to collaborate on multi-agency contracts in order to squeeze the most value out of their funds and lessen their employees' workload.

"Particularly in this tight budgetary environment, agencies have told us they are eager for tools that can help them stretch a dollar further and do more with less," Moira Mack, a spokeswoman for OMB, said Oct. 5.

Agencies have dealt long enough with interagency contracts that duplicate one another, Mack said.

"We've heard from both contractors and federal employees that, for too long, limited staff time has been wasted setting up dozens of duplicative contracts for the exact same items and services," she said. 

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