Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), chairman and ranking member of the Small Business Committee respectively, wrote a letter to GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth in early April asking for more details on how GSA is ensuring category management doesn’t impact small businesses.
Tom Sharpe, commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, said over the summer the General Services Administration would make access to the e-Buy tool available to the public. Two weeks before the end of the year, the transparency effort continues to hit roadblocks.
The General Services Administration is hiring a new assistant commissioner and subject matter experts to help move the category management initiative forward.
Kevin Youel Page is named the new deputy commissioner of FAS, replacing Bill Sisk, who shifted to an assistant commissioner position. GSA also publicly unveils the first three hallways under category management.
The General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service will launch the first set of initiatives under its new category management approach, called hallways, in the next six weeks to cover office supplies, IT hardware and IT software. FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe detailed the strategy to give customer agencies more data to make better acquisition decisions.
GSA says its problem-plagued System for Award Management is now working, but its failures have pushed agency officials to pursue a new path to consolidate the government’s approach to procurement data.
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