Julie Dunne, the commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA, in her first interview since becoming commissioner said a group of more experienced and product specific contracting officers are leading the procurement response to the pandemic.
The Defense Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released memos late last week outlining how contractor officers can implement a provision of the stimulus spending bill to pay contractors if they can’t work because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Defense Department raised its threshold for 8(a) sole source contracts to $100 million as required by the 2020 Defense authorization bill. While not related to coronavirus outbreak, the timing is important.
GSA released the results of its In-depth Feedback through Open Reporting Methods (INFORM) pilot and found the overwhelming majority of contractors and federal acquisition workers said giving more information about why a bid failed was valuable.
The General Services Administration’s senior procurement executive Jeff Koses sent to industry for comments a draft acquisition letter detailing how buying consumption based cloud services could work.
OMB submitted six legislative proposals to establish an Acquisition Modernization Test Board, and to bring defense and civilian agencies under the same rules.
The General Services Administration sent its implementation plan to Congress on Thursday for how it plans to meet the requirements of Section 846 or the commercial buying initiative.
The General Services Administration wants to help vendors improve the quality of their future bid submissions through its new initiative, called INFORM.
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.
In today’s panel, we discuss the renewed focus on commercial items, and there are a lot of contemporary reasons to do so.