Improvements focused internally, externally
Members of the House of Representatives that are interested in contracting issues join the Smart Contracting Caucus. The group is starting a series of discussions about issues that are creating some challenges for acquisition managers.…
The federal e-Buy contracting system is expanding to include state and local governments that need help. Steve Kempf is Assistant Commissioner for Acquisition Management at the General Services Administration and joins us with details.
Steve Kempf, acting commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, and Ed O’Hare, the assistant commissioner, at the General Services Administration bring us up to date from IRMCO 2010.
Agency sets a goal for itself of having a zero carbon footprint. Administrator Johnson compares the goal to the moon shot to invigorate and attract employees. GSA also improving its schedules to address other agencies’ need to buy sustainable products.
Vendors pessimistic that agencies can transition all services to Networx by June 2011. GSA says it will decide a few months before the contract ends whether to extend the current telecommunications contract.
GSA has established 12 new blanket purchase agreements for office supplies under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative that will help federal agencies meet mandates to cut procurement expenditures by seven percent for the current and 2011 fiscal years. GSA’s Steve Kempf explains.
Administrator Gordon says strategic sourcing is one way to ensure the government gets the lowest price and to consolidate existing contracts. Gordon also wants agencies to submit business cases for new multi-agency contracts, but doesn’t commit to asking agencies to justify all types of multiple award contracts.
Larry Allen of the Coalition for Government Procurement tells us more.
Steve Kempf talks with DorobekInsider about what he hopes to accomplish as head of GSA’s FAS.