In our Agency, we have purchased Jive Software and use contractors to customize the application. There are several other agencies, groups who have purchased and customized the Jive software. I'm sure there is some synergy and cost savings that could be gained via the purchasing & customization of the software. There should be purchasing limits on software and justifications and it should be controlled at a higher level than the agency. In order to stop waste/duplicate & competing sytems purchases, create a group that would control the purchases. We have several competing products that compete with the Jive software (meaning some of the function is currently in products we have recently implemented.) Software costing more than $5k (or a more meaningful $$ amount) should require approval at the controlling agency. This idea s hould be implemented across all government agencies and departments.