Bids flow to GSA auction Web site

The General Services Administration's online auction site opened its first auctions for bidding last month, making good on a top Federal Supply Service official's promise.

During a November interview with FCW, Ed O'Hare, chief information officer for FSS, said the GSAAuctions.gov site would conduct its first online sale in January. And it did. The Web site, which auctions the government's surplus personal property to the public, opened for bidding Jan. 17. The first sale would have been made in November, but a regulatory issue hung up the proceedings.

"Our customer realm is the public, so a privacy notice had to be posted in the Federal Register," O'Hare said.

The first Web-based auctions at GSAAuctions.gov include antique cars, jewelry, furniture and office equipment. In the past month, more than 10,300 users have registered on the site. Auctions will be held on a rolling basis, with new items being added continually. Bidding on some items will be open for as few as seven days, or as many as 21 days.

After the first two weeks of live actions, more than 7,700 bids have been placed on nearly 450 items, according to American Management Systems Inc. AMS, a business and information technology consulting firm, helped develop the site. Along with Ariba Inc., AMS worked with Computer Technology Associates Inc. to implement Ariba's Dynamic Trade solution to enable FSS to sell surplus government property via the site.

"The Federal Supply Service has a rich history of being on the cutting edge of technology, streamlining processes and doing more with less. GSA-Auctions.gov is an outgrowth of our culture," Donna Bennett, FSS commissioner, said in a release.

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.