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GSA predicts new initiatives will light the path toward better governmentwide acquisition

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.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , GSA , FAS , Kevin Youel Page , AFFIRM , Jason Miller

Friday - 08/22/2014, 04:11am EDT
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GSA reignites strategic sourcing of office supplies with new contract awards

The General Services Administration chose 21 companies for its latest Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative for Office Supplies contract (OS3) -- 20 of which are small businesses. GSA said it expects this newest generation of contracts to build on the savings and success of OS2 and particularly benefit small businesses.

Tags: GSA , OS3 , acquisition , strategic sourcing , SBA , FAS , Stephanie Wasko , contracting , FSSI

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:27pm EDT

GSA taps Lockheed to transform FAS business systems

The General Services Administration has tapped Lockheed Martin to help update the Federal Acquisition Service's (FAS) business systems. The agency announced Monday it awarded Lockheed the Application Maintenance, Enhancement and Operations (CAMEO) task order, which will "streamline a highly integrated IT portfolio."

Tags: GSA , Lockheed Martin , acquisition , contracting , industry , Federal Acquisition Service , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 09:28am EDT

GSA picks 74 vendors for unrestricted OASIS contract

GSA announces the winners under the new multiple-award contract for complex professional services. GSA made 225 awards to 74 contractors across the seven functional areas of the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contract.

Tags: OASIS , GSA , contracting , acquisition , industry , small business , Jason Miller

Monday - 05/19/2014, 02:56pm EDT

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The General Services Administration is introducing a new category management strategy. Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe says it's similar to private-sector models. That's where products are managed based on a particular category, like how a pharmacy might have a specific business plan for its toothpaste section. The GSA says it will help agencies build a customized approach to different acquisition categories to meet their mission at a lower cost. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter, tells In Depth with Francis Rose GSA's new category management strategy might actually be a blast from the past.

Tags: Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , FAS , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 01:21pm EDT
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GSA names ombudsman to give industry a louder voice

Jeff Koses, the senior procurement executive at the General Services Administration, said the ombudsman will help vendors navigate the acquisition bureaucracy and ensure the agency is hearing and addressing challenges and concerns. It's one of several steps GSA is taking to improve vendor and agency customer satisfaction.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , GSA , Jeff Koses , oversight , Malisa Gray , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:44am EDT
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GSA's new contracting policy tackles IG's concerns about management interference

Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe tried to balance the need for management oversight with contracting officer autonomy. But some in industry worry that the new memo does nothing more than add more paperwork to a broken process.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , GSA , industry , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Richard Levi , oversight , management , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 04:15am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OMB not a farm team, Strategic sourcing on steroids

In this week's Reporter's Notebook column, Executive Editor Jason Miller ponders Sylvia Burwell's jump from OMB to HHS and GSA's pumped up approach to buying.

Tags: Sylvia Burwell , OMB , HHS , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Federal Acquisition Service , acquisitions , FAA , GSA , Jason Miller

Friday - 04/11/2014, 04:50pm EDT

GSA awards 123 small firms a spot on OASIS contract

The first of two contracts letting agencies buy complex professional services kicked off with awards going to 123 small businesses.

Tags: contracting , GSA , industry , OASIS , small businesses , Jason Miller

Monday - 02/24/2014, 04:07pm EST
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