Federal Eye: Federal agencies plan to start buying in bulk

It seems the federal government didn’t realize until recently that you can save more money by buying in bulk.

Federal agencies will band together as one big customer for future purchases of goods and services, including office supplies and
furniture, administration officials announced Wednesday.

“The United States federal government is the world’s largest purchaser, but currently, we aren’t acting like it,” Office of
Management and Budget Director Peter R. Orszag wrote in his blog this morning.
“Agency spending is typically fragmented across multiple departments,
programs, and functions. As a result, the federal government acts more
like scores of unrelated medium-sized businesses rather than the
world’s largest purchaser, and agencies often rely on hundreds of
separate contracts for many commonly used items, with prices that vary

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