Julie Dunne, the commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA, said contracting officers and vendors are finding ways to bring innovation, agility and speed to the pandemic emergency.
Upon a return to more normal operations, GSA can address gaps in the solicitation that undermine the integrity of the federal market.
This column was originally published on Roger Waldron’s blog at The Coalition for Government Procurement and was republished here with permission from the author. As promised last week, this blog addresses the recent hearing before the House…
Events unfolding this week demonstrate that the procurement community operates in a dynamic environment.
The Coalition for Government Procurement, an industry association, asked White House advisor Peter Navarro to further explain how the President’s executive order and GSA’s e-commerce platform solicitation fit together.
GSA implemented a government-wide e-commerce program pursuant to Section 846 of the 2018 NDAA which is rooted in non-compliance with the Trade Agreements Act, the Buy American Act, and various socioeconomic laws.
At its core, a Jan. 31 executive order seeks to fundamentally address the integrity of the supply chain and e-commerce. Among the potential measures to be employed against entities that facilitate counterfeit trafficking is suspension and debarment from federal procurement.
Roger Waldron of the Coalition for Government Procurement pondered a law professor’s denied request by GAO for documents in Overstock.com’s pending protest over GSA’s e-marketplace procurement.
Laura Stanton, GSA’s deputy assistant commissioner for category management in the Office of IT Category in the Federal Acquisition Service, said six-to-eight agencies will pilot this approach to small purchases over the next three years.
With GSA’s release of the Commercial Platform Initiative solicitation, the Coalition for Government Procurement believes that the prudent implementation of e-commerce is a worthy endeavor.