Reverse the course
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Nov 12, 2000
The second experiment in reverse auctions at the General Services Administration
is scheduled for Nov. 16. The U.S. Coast Guard's Aircraft Repair and Supply
Center will use the auction to buy Falcon Jet aircraft parts and plans to
make an award two weeks after the auction date.
Bob Suda, assistant commissioner at the Office of Information Technology
Integration at GSA's Federal Technology Service, sees the reverse auction
pilot as a way to learn lessons about e-procurement. "The front process
is great for the customer, but the back office as far as the accounting
is the piece we still need to solve," Suda said. The first auction was based
on achieving the best price, he said, but the Coast Guard will seek the
best value, "so we don't know how it will all play out."