Controlling Federal Spending by Managing the Long Tail of Procurement

Source: David C. Wyld, IBM Center for the Business of Government, Acquisition Series, July 2013

From the summary:
Professor Wyld argues that more aggressively managing the tail of government spending – smaller, non-core expenditures that tend to receive less attention – offers the possibility of substantial cost savings…. In this report, Professor Wyld provides the first quantitative anal­ysis of tail spend in the federal government. The report introduces the concept of tail spend to government executives: in short, tail spend is procurement outlays that are outside of an organization’s core spending and core supplier groups, cov­ering many miscellaneous expenditure categories that are not managed as part of an organization’s core operations.