ASI's Thought Leadership

ASI was founded as the thought leader in Acquisition. We continue to lead our industry through unparalleled perspectives on the topics of today and tomorrow. This year, we are focused on strategically repositioning and transforming Acquisition and its workforce through:

  • “Quick Hit” Savings: methods that rapidly recover unused funds, identify real savings, stretch existing dollars, or increase the return on our clients’ investments to make an immediate impact on their operations in this fiscal year.
  • Strategic Sourcing: frameworks and approaches for Enterprise Spend Management, methods for spend analysis, application of Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) approaches, and implementation of lessons learned from successes in public agencies and private industry – all focused on maximizing the buying power of the world’s largest purchaser, the federal government.
  • Acquisition for IT Transformation: tools and processes like Acquisition for Agile IT Development that support planning, purchasing, and delivery of today’s IT services and solutions, including big data, cloud computing, cyber security, and shared services.
  • Workforce: methods for finding, developing, and guiding successful acquisition professionals; rapidly increasing the capabilities of today’s acquisition and program management workforce; and enabling the workforce to thrive in the most challenging environment we have faced in recent memory.


Serving Acquisition Professionals

ASI teamed with Government Executive to publish indispensable resources for acquisition professionals. Like what you see? We offer this content exclusively through the Virtual Acquisition Office™. Contact us today for a free demonstration!

Federal CAO RoadMap

Acquisition Process Checklist: Acquisition Planning for Federal Supply Schedule Orders

Acquisition planning is critical to the success of any acquisition. This checklist details – step-by-step –required and recommended steps when planning an acquisition using Federal Supply Schedule contracts. These checklists are updated frequently, as changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation occur.


Government Executive What do operating plans look like

What do operating plans look like for acquisition organizations?

Under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, agencies are required to engage in long-range strategic planning, performance measurement and reporting tied to government-wide goals and objectives. This Research Response describes how operating plans differ from strategic plans, topics for inclusion, success factors and other resources.


Government Executive: Generate savings and efficiencies through strategic, creative acquisition practices.

Generating Savings and Efficiencies through Strategic, Creative Acquisition Practices

This Advisory provides leading practices and actionable ideas to find or generate savings and efficiencies that won’t compromise results or compliance. Ideas range from highly strategic to notably tactical, and from quick wins to longer-term investments, and are presented for agencies to consider as they plan the way ahead.


 Pulling the Lever

Why Cloud Computing Is Like Water
By Kimberly “Kymm” McCabe, ASI Government

Federal acquisition professionals feel they lack expertise in cloud computing services and they are having trouble structuring contracts to buy them, we found in two recent polls of subscribers to ASI Government’s Virtual Acquisition Office—an online center of research, tools, templates news and on-call support.

Because we at ASI believe cloud computing offers federal agencies opportunities to reduce costs, enhance efficiency and empower innovation, we are supporting program and procurement professionals in becoming better cloud consumers.

We’ve found it helps to think about buying cloud computing as similar to purchasing water for a building.

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Archived Articles

ASI Government OpEd Responding to Washington Technology’s Editor’s Notebook, ‘Should Procurement Be a Game?’ Learning Strategies for Uncertain Times


A Vision for the Federal CAO

ASI and the Partnership for Public Service collaborated to produce the Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO) Federal Roadmap, a strategic vision that conveys key principles for optimizing the acquisition function and outlines a framework of the CAO’s primary activities. A related Advisory further explores concepts introduced in the CAO Roadmap.

Federal CAO RoadMap

CAO Federal Roadmap

Federal agencies spend more than $500 billion a year acquiring goods and services to support their programs and missions. Approximately one out of every six dollars agencies spend is through acquisition, and in some cases, acquisition can represent up to 80 percent of an agency’s discretionary budget. With numbers this large, it is critical that the acquisition function, processes and workforce be optimized to ensure the government gets the best value for every taxpayer dollar spent.


Key Principles for Optimizing the Acquisition Function

This Advisory provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing federal CAOs, as well as the guiding principles CAOs should follow to leave a legacy of transformational leadership and lasting results.