As cyber and supply chain issues continue to evolve, the success of the federal procurement system is contingent upon the government’s ability to secure and defend the nation’s digital information infrastructure.
At least in the beginning, GSA will limit commercial marketplaces to the micropurchase threshold. But officials said industry input shaped their thinking up to this point, and encouraged more.
Robert Burton, a former deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and now a partner with Crowell & Moring, makes the case for using commercial practices for government online marketplace purchases.
The 2019 Defense Authorization bill includes a host of acquisition changes that impact both DoD and the government more broadly.
Anne Rung, the former administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and now is director of Amazon business government, said the government can move to an existing e-commerce portal with little or no cost.
Industry associations’ concerns grow about e-commerce portal with language in the 2019 Defense Authorization bill.
Kevin Lynch, the president and CEO for the National Industries for the Blind, details how the e-commerce provision can meet the goals of expediency and fulfill federal laws.
GSA, OMB embrace Congressional enthusiasm for commercial e-commerce portals, but say several more legal changes are needed to bring the plan to fruition.
GSA, OMB held a listening session for federal employees, contractors to begin to develop an implementation plan for an e-commerce portal.