Reminding agencies that the government “is the largest and single-most impactful buyer in the world,” OMB has issued guidance on spending as the September 30 end of the fiscal year approaches.
“The fourth quarter of each fiscal year is typically the busiest period for our country’s buying offices, with up to 40 percent of total contract spending occurring during this three-month period. This year is no different,” says memo M-20-28. It urged agencies to:
* Take advantage of acquisition flexibilities and innovative tools, including information on the new “frictionless acquisition” cross-agency priority goal on performance.gov.
* Use resources of category management, which “makes it much easier for buyers to make rapid, well informed decisions on how best to acquire IT hardware, security, consulting services and many other everyday needs that account for more than half of all contract spending.”
* Use special procurement authorities for small businesses, the AbilityOne Program, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
* Consider implementing the terms of Executive Order 13881, strengthens the general preference for American-made goods, even while the rule-making process under that order is still underway.
* Accelerate payments to contractors “to the fullest extent permitted by law.”