Department of Veterans Affairs

Combine Orders For Purchased Items To Reduce Vendor Costs

Expand the communication and coordination between all purchasing and contracting service groups from the various Government departments and agencies to negotiate lower vendor costs for items purchased. Have one purchasing individual from each department and agency meet together monthly to discuss and implement cost cutting strategies and techniques throughout the Government. By combining all the various departments and agencies individual purchase orders where possible into one large order at a vendor, enormous cost reductions will occur by the use of high volume orders which receive significant discounted pricing from vendors. There would be additional up front work to coordinate this approach throughout the Government but it is certainly possible given the recent advances in Governmental Information Technology systems at most departments and agencies. Billions of taxpayer dollars annually can be saved throughout the Government by the use of this purchasing and contracting strategy.

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Idea No. 16309