Agency spending is typically fragmented across multiple departments, programs, and functions. As a result, the Federal government acts more like scores of unrelated medium-sized businesses rather than the world’s largest purchaser, and agencies often rely on hundreds of separate contracts for many commonly used items, with prices that vary widely. This often prevents agencies from receiving the best price they could, leading to an unacceptable waste of taxpayer dollars. To address this waste, agencies are reviewing their internal buying patterns and identifying opportunities to combine contracts to achieve significant savings for recurring requirements. OMB is working with agencies to identify commodities that all agencies need and are likely to buy with similar terms and conditions.