This three-day, elective course defines category management as an approach the Federal Government is applying to make better acquisition decisions and leverage unified buying power by acting more like a single organization. Category management as a practice, creates efficiencies in ordering, processing, sustainment, and closeout of products and services in the lifecycle of acquisition needs for the government. Strategic Sourcing is a key component of the category management framework. This activity is the business process analysis that gives a wholistic view into not only the agency spending, but also to the greater spending habits of the government, and leveraging that information to help participants make better business decisions.
• Identify core areas of spend in the agency
• Collectively develop informed levels of purchase knowledge
• Leverage shared best practices across agencies
• Provide acquisition, supply, and demand management solutions
• Strategically source across Federal agencies in communities of practice
• Establish procedures to recognize total cost savings, value, and socioeconomic participation
• Collaborate with industry to develop optimal solutions