By Ramsey Cox
Begich, who is expected to face a tough reelection race in 2014, said the Buy Smarter and Save Act, S. 1304, would save nearly $10 billions by promoting bulk buying or “strategic sourcing” within the federal government.
Begich said the government should buy things such as fuels, food, medical supplies, vehicles and maintenance services in bulk to prevent agencies from buying higher-end products and it would also stop agencies from unnecessarily stockpiling supplies.
Begich introduced the bill in the Senate earlier this month and Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) has introduced a companion measure in the House.