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Raj Sharma

Raj Sharma is CEO of Censeo Consulting Group and chairman of the Public Spend Forum.
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The Government Buys $2 Trillion Worth of Stuff Every Year. Here Are 5 Ways To Do It Better

July 13, 2016 Every year, thousands of professionals at all levels of government in the United States execute contracts to buy $2 trillion in public goods and services, ranging from fighter jets to professional services to office supplies. Their work is crucial, yet too often we learn that the public procurement system is...

Finding a Cure for What Ails Defense Acquisition

May 8, 2015 Around the nation’s capital, defense acquisition reform is surely in vogue. Last month, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, capped off his multiyear expedition in this space with the unveiling of a House bill to modernize the Pentagon contracting. On the other side of Capitol Hill, Sen. John McCain. R-Ariz., and the...

Analysis: Seizing a $400 billion opportunity

November 15, 2010 The federal government can save between $25 billion and $54 billion a year by changing the way it buys goods and services, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. That's roughly $400 billion in savings over 10 years, or a 7.5 percent annual reduction from current...

Analysis: New guidance creates contracting conundrum

September 24, 2010 In the span of just two days last week, three government offices issued advice about improving the $550 billion per year federal procurement system long plagued by waste and inefficiency. On Sept. 14, the Office of Management and Budget outlined in a memo ideas about how to "save money, reduce...