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OFPP to survey agencies on interagency contracting

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is asking agencies about their use of interagency contracts, including the types and number of contracts departments are using.

OFPP will post the survey, recommended by the Services Acquisition Advisory Panel, on its Web site, officials said.

A working group made a series of suggestions that the full panel accepted at a meeting late last month. The panel suggested that OFPP collect data on:

  • Available contracts
  • Trends in use by public and oversight organizations to monitor these contracts
  • Duplicative interagency or enterprisewide contracts or acquisition service functions.

GSA reviewing its acquisition policies

The General Services Administration is reviewing its acquisition policies, including the Federal Acquisition Regulation, in an effort to revamp and clarify its purchasing procedures.

GSA said it is seeking comments on whether certain sections of FAR and of the GSA Acquisition Regulation should be simplified.

Specifically, GSA wants comments on whether:

  • FAR and GSAR need to be more consistent
  • There is duplication between the two
  • Parts of GSAR are irrelevant because of changes in technology or business practices
  • Aspects of both FAR and GSAR impose unnecessary adverse economic impacts on small entities.

Comments are due April 17.

GSA hires five companies for Lines of Business support

The General Services Administration has awarded a blanket purchase agreement to five vendors to support the Office of Management and Budget’s Lines of Business consolidation initiatives.

The contract was awarded through GSA’s Federal Supply Service IT schedule with a two-year base and three one-year options. The task order contract has a $2 million-a-year ceiling for a total of $10 million over five years, ac-cording to John Sindelar, GSA’s acting administrator in the Office of Governmentwide Policy.

GSA will compete task orders among Booz Allen Hamilton of McLean, Va.; Grant Thorton LLP of Chicago; Performance Management Consulting Inc. of Alexandria, Va.; SiloSmashers Inc. of Vienna, Va.; and Touchstone/SRA of Washington. The three new LOBs are budget formulation, geospatial and IT infrastructure; and the six existing lines are financial management, human resources, grants management, case management, federal health architecture and IT security.

Sindelar said the official kickoff meeting for the new LOBs should be in March.

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