OFPP set to launch online "Yellow Pages"
- By Colleen O'Hara
- Mar 09, 2000
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is raising concerns in government
and industry with its plans to launch a Web site listing products and services
available on multi-agency contracts.
The electronic "Yellow Pages" will provide agencies with the information
they need to do their jobs and make it easier to buy solutions, said Deidre
Lee, administrator of OFPP, speaking at a conference sponsored by the American
But the concept has raised some concerns, Lee said.
Industry is wary because it will make it easier for customers to do price
comparisons on various contracts, she said. Contracting officers fear the
listing will encourage customers to order products on their own, without
the help of a contracting office.
And procurement executives will be under pressure to evaluate the practicality
of awarding contracts that duplicate the offerings of existing vehicles,
OFPP, which asked agencies to submit by March 1 a list of the vendors and
products offered on their multiple-award and governmentwide acquisition
contracts, expects to launch an initial version of the Internet-based site
in May or June, Lee said.