Got procurement data?
GSA to charge $2,500 for access to information
- By Jason Miller
- Jan 06, 2005
The General Services Administration in late December established a one-time fee of $2,500 for vendors and the public to receive a direct, continuous feed from the new Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation via Web services.
The data will remain free for those who choose to receive the information via File Transfer Protocol or to perform ad hoc or pre-written queries of the database, GSA said in the interim rule with a request for comments published in Dec. 30 Federal Register. Comments are due by Feb. 28.
The fee will "partially cover the cost of technical support, testing and certification of direct integration to the FPDS Web services," GSA said in the notice.
Paul Murphy, president of Eagle Eye Publishers Inc. of Fairfax, Va., said the fee is reasonable and much better than the tens of thousands of dollars GSA and FPDS vendor Global Computer Enterprises Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md., originally considered charging.
"GCE has to do some things on their end and help us implement procedures to download the data," Murphy said. "It involves time on their end and they deserve to be paid for it."
Murphy said his company's connection to FPDS-NG has been tested and is waiting for the fiscal 2004 data to become available.
GSA had charged vendors such as Eagle Eye, Input Inc. of Reston, Va., and Federal Sources Inc. of Chantilly, Va., about $1,500 a year to access the data, Murphy said.
In the notice, GSA said it will restrict access to the database during off-peak hours, depending on the level of demand and the system's ability to service that demand.
"We expect that nearly all of the public users will use the free data and report generation tools that will also be available," GSA noted. "The public will use the same report generating tools as federal employees to access the database."
Jason Miller is a senior writer with Government Computer News. He can be reached at jmiller@