Sep 21 2016

U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung to Leave Government

Rung, who has been in her position for two years, is going to join Amazon Business.

U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung is leaving the federal government to join Amazon Business, according to several reports.

Rung will leave Washington D.C. and head to Washington State, and will move to Seattle to join the Amazon Business team as global leader of its public sector division. Federal News Radio, which first reported the news late last week, said that Rung will run the Amazon unit's strategic supplier program focusing on the government. Rung will stay on in her post untilt he end of September, Federal News Radio reported. It's not clear who will replace her. 

As FedScoop notes, Rung spent the past two years as the administrator of Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Previously, she served as the General Services Administration's associate administrator for the Office of Governmentwide Policy and the Commerce Department's senior director of administration.

Rung, along with federal CIO Tony Scott, has been a chief proponent of category management, the procurement practice of having the government purchase products and services like a  single enterprise, thus eliminating waste and redundancy. OMB has issued guidance on using category management for purchases of PC workstationsmobile services and software

Federal News Radio reported that OMB Director Shaun Donovan praised Rung in an internal memo, and said that "highlighted several of Rung’s accomplishments, including saving taxpayers more than $2.1 billion by reducing duplication and fragmentation in government purchasing, strengthening the workforce by launching the first-ever Digital IT Acquisition Professional Training program to teach contracting officers how to buy IT better; and bringing greater innovation and efficiency to federal contracting through the creation of such tools as the TechFAR and the establishment of the Acquisition Innovation Advocates Council to institutionalize new and innovative practices."