Exclusive: GSA’s acquisition hallways to come under measurement microscope

Tom Sharpe, the commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA, said with 17 hallways in place and tools to support them, the goal is to understand the impact of these efforts. GSA also is trying to alleviate customer agency concerns about pricing with new initiatives.

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