Data-sharing is Good ... When Agencies Do it Right

September 13, 2012

Homeland Security Department officials are improving their coordination on department-wide purchasing efforts, but they aren’t sharing the changes through policy guidance, according to a Government Accountability Office report.

The improvements are numerous. Among them: The chief procurement officer’s office has increased department-level insight into the procurement operations of the agency's components, and recommended ways DHS’ disparate parts can perform better. The various components are also joining together for strategic sourcing efforts, by which DHS can leverage its buying power to get lower prices from vendors. Officials also have pushed consistent on-site and status reviews. Their efforts aim to give the components common procurement goals, the Government Accountability Office reported Sept. 12.

However, GAO found DHS acquisition officials were unclear about expectations.

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