Software vendors who sell their wares to the U.S. government soon will face a significantly different marketing environment in terms of how federal agencies acquire the programs and technologies that keep IT systems going. Federal agencies spent nearly $9 billion in 2015 on software, according to a recent congressional report. The OMB has directed federal agencies to adopt practices that will simplify and streamline software acquisition. Current software procurement practices are grossly inefficient, according to OMB.