Can search make feds smarter shoppers?

The General Services Administration is looking for a database search engine that can help government buyers do price comparisons on commercial products.

The search engine should be able to pull up the most current pricing information on a selected product by searching both commercial and government websites, according to a request for information published at the Federal Business Opportunities website.

Target government websites would include e-commerce sites associated with popular interagency programs, such as GSA Advantage, NASA’s Solutions for Enterprisewide Procurement and the Defense Department’s e-mall.

“This database will provide customers a source of real-time commercial and governmental pricing for effective decision making on the acquisition of products,” the notice states.

In addition to pricing, GSA envisions the system providing information on shipping cost, delivery times and quantity discounts.

About the Author

John Monroe is Senior Events Editor for the 1105 Public Sector Media Group, where he is responsible for overseeing the development of content for print and online content, as well as events. John has more than 20 years of experience covering the information technology field. Most recently he served as Editor-in-Chief of Federal Computer Week. Previously, he served as editor of three sister publications: civic.com, which covered the state and local government IT market, Government Health IT, and Defense Systems.

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