PROCUREMENT

GSA working to improve federal acquisition

The General Services Administration is trying to improve federal acquisition across civilian and defense agencies by adopting an agile and iterative approach, according to the Federal Times.

The agency is working with other agencies to create a marketplace with cost savings, reduced duplication of acquisition programs and better procurement decisions, and in order to do so has been working on initiatives like the Common Acquisition Platform (CAP) and category management.

CAP will allow agency customers to select contract vehicles, compare prices on various contracts and connect with other federal procurement experts, Federal Times reported.

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Reader Comments

Sat, Nov 22, 2014 Prof Samuel D. Bornstein

Why is GSA avoiding a Cost Benefit Analysis?

Fri, Nov 21, 2014 Jaime Gracia Washington, D.C.

It is remarkable that GSA and OMB/OFPP are doing significant work on federal acquisition with what only seems like a black-box approach. These initiatives will greatly effect industry, but there seems little desire on behalf of these agencies to collaborate with industry on these issues. Further, some people below leadership are also concerned at the lack of communications and transparency that will ultimately impact them the most. Where is the oversight? Where is Congress? If it were not for these industry events, which are one-offs, then these initiatives would have little light shed on them. I suppose the desire is speed, so they are doing everything behind the curtain. However, what are the long-term effects to the health of the federal market and the companies that provide these services?

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