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STRATEGIC SOURCING

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) launched an initiative in May 2005 that
tasked federal agencies with the development and implementation of strategic sourcing
efforts to leverage spending to the maximum extent possible. Central to the OMB
initiative is a collaborative Agency-effort led by the Chief Acquisition Officer, or designee to develop an agency-wide strategic sourcing plan in coordination with the agency Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization and other key stakeholders.
 
The overarching goal of the OMB initiative is to institutionalize the strategic sourcing
process and secure top management commitment. The OMB expectation is that
through implementation of sound strategic sourcing plans, the following results can be
achieved throughout the federal government:
 
- Reduction in prices
- Reduction in administrative costs
- Improved performance
- Increased small business participation
- Improved business intelligence
 
The primary goal of the NASA strategic Sourcing Program is to establish a process that
enables NASA to strategically acquire products and services common across the
agency, Centers or organizations to support the Agency's mission in a more effective
and efficient manner. This process involves critical analysis of agency spending and
the utilization of the data obtained through the analysis in structured and collaborative
acquisition planning efforts that:
 
- Increase effectiveness and efficiency within the acquisition life-cycle
- Optimize contractor performance
- Evaluate total life-cycle management costs
- Create value to the Agency in the form of tangible and intangible process and
   resource savings
- Improve the methods and processes utilized for managing spending
- Enhance achievement of socio-economic goals, and
- Reduce the total cost of ownership

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