GSA moves ahead with reverse auctions
- By Colleen O'Hara
- Jun 06, 2001
The General Services Administration plans to award a governmentwide contract
for its Buyers.Gov program, which enables agencies to participate in so-called
online reverse auctions.
In a pre-solicitation notice, GSA said that after a "successful pilot
[program]," it now plans to award a permanent indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity
governmentwide contract to implement the reverse auction feature offered
on its Buyers.Gov site.
In a reverse auction, buyers specify the product they want to buy and
the price they are willing to pay. Sellers of the product then compete to
offer the best price for the product.
GSA's Federal Technology Service has been offering private reverse auctions
since December 1999 as part of the Buyers.Gov portal. Buyers.Gov has conducted
several large reverse auctions, valued at more than $1 million, including
one for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service for printers and laptop
GSA also said that it plans to enhance the Buyers.Gov site under a new
pilot program that will offer the same functionality as reverse auctions,
but will allow agencies to buy items besides information technology such
as medical equipment.
GSA expects to release a draft request for proposals on FedBizOpps on or about June 5. The agency expects to release a formal request
for proposals June 20.