GSA invites interaction on new site

New community site offers blogs, discussion groups to improve acquisition

The General Services Administration and its Federal Acquisition Service are inviting members of the federal procurement world to join their new Interact community website, which allows people to share ideas on improving federal purchasing.

Launched several weeks ago, the site allows users to maintain personal profiles and post comments, join discussions and update wiki entries. Eighty-one users were on the site today.

To help popularize the new platform, GSA recently posted an introductory video explaining its goals for the site, which include promoting innovation, customer intimacy and operational excellence in federal acquisition.


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“Over the next year, the Federal Acquisition Service will offer an opportunity for building communities around topics of business interests to federal and state and local employees as well as facilitating a dialogue with our vendor partners with the goal of understanding how to better provide acquisition products and services,” according to a statement on the Interact site.

The site has sections for networking, group discussions, wikis, blogs, a calendar, and space for documents. A handful of blog posts and comments have been published to date.

“We invite you to participate in GSA’s new collaborative online site as a way to enrich your government acquisition and procurement experience,” according to an introductory statement on the site. “Here, you’ll be able to express your thoughts, ask questions and learn from each other about best practices to purchase the products and services your agency needs to succeed. Using social media technologies like blogs, wikis and discussion forums, you can connect with colleagues through diverse communities to explore common areas of interests.”

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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