Acquisition of Services
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Each page in this pathway presents a wealth of curated knowledge from acquisition policies, guides, templates, training, reports, websites, case studies, and other resources. It also provides a framework for functional experts and practitioners across DoD to contribute to the collective knowledge base. This site aggregates official DoD policies, guides, references, and more.
DoD and Service policy is indicated by a BLUE vertical line.
Directly quoted material is preceeded with a link to the Reference Source.
Reference Source: ACE for Services, Category Management
Category Management (CM) is an approach the Federal Government is applying to buy smarter and more like a single enterprise. Category management enables the government to eliminate redundancies, increase efficiency, and deliver more value and savings from the government’s acquisition programs. It involves:
- Identifying core areas of spend;
- Collectively developing heightened levels of expertise;
- Leveraging shared best practices; and,
- Providing acquisition, supply and demand management solutions.
Reference Source: Category Management Policy Memorandum
The President’s Management Agenda (PMA) establishes a long-term vision for creating a more modern, more responsive Government – one that prioritizes mission outcomes, service delivery, and effective stewardship. Increasing the use of common solutions and practices will allow agencies to focus their attention on critical efforts to modernize our information technology (IT) systems; improve data, accountability, and transparency; and develop a workforce for the 21st century to meet the promise of the PMA. The Government must take action now to buy more like an enterprise, and less like hundreds of individual entities, for common requirements needed to meet core mission goals. The PMA directs an agency’s Senior Accountable Official (SAO) to reduce unaligned spending, i.e., to bring “Spend Under Management” (SUM), and execute plans to increase use of contract solutions designated as “Best In Class (BIC)”.
Best in Class
Reference Source: Best in Class, Acquisition Gateway
Air Force Category Management
Reference Source: ACE for Services, Air Force Category Management
Watch this video clip about the Air Force category management program: