INSIGHT SESSION:  Strategic Sourcing with DHS 2/27

INSIGHT SESSION: Strategic Sourcing with DHS 2/27

Join GTSC for the first of two roundtables with

Jaclyn Smyth

Director, Strategic Sourcing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

February 27, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | REGISTER

The issues around strategic sourcing in the federal government have raised a lot of angst among contractors.  Efforts by the Departments of Defense (DOD), Homeland Security (DHS), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to strategically manage spending for information technology (IT) services, such as software design and development, have improved in recent years, currently managing between 10 and 44 percent of their IT services spending through preferred strategic sourcing contracts in fiscal year 2013. In contrast, GAO previously reported that leading companies generally strategically managed about 90 percent of their procurement spending, including services. DHS currently manages 44% of their IT services through preferred IT strategic sourcing contract vehicles.

To improve efforts to strategically source IT services, GAO recommended that each agency conduct spend analysis, monitor spending, develop savings goals and metrics, and consider the use of standardized labor categories, as appropriate for their agency. The agencies concurred with these recommendations.

Join us to learn more about how the initiative is being executed, DHS’s goals for the program, its impacts on the small business community and the plan moving forward for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the first of two in-depth roundtables on strategic sourcing.


Jaclyn Smyth is the director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Strategic Sourcing Program Office within the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, where she oversees a portfolio of over 75 DHS-wide contract vehicles valued at more than $57 billion. She has several years of experience in federal procurement and acquisition-related fields, where she has worked on a wide variety of large-scale DHS and federal procurements. She lends her expertise in sourcing strategies and category management in the federal-wide Category Management Leadership Council. She was recently named the federal-wide security and protection category manager and leads a cross-agency category team. She is responsible for developing and implementing government-wide strategies that align with established category management principles and methodologies. Prior to her federal career, she served as a principal with E3 Federal Solutions for several years during which time she consulted on DHS procurements.