The Coalition for Government Procurement: Ten Tantalizing Topics Testing Procurement in the New Fiscal Year

“… The beginning of a new fiscal year provides an opportunity for reflection, during which, we can look ahead at the issues and questions that likely will shape procurement over the coming year. With that in mind, here are 10 topics that surely will be of interest across the procurement stakeholder community:”

“1. Schedules Consolidation and commercial item contracting: to be or not to be? GSA has made significant progress in updating the framework for schedule contracting to promote commercial item acquisition. Schedules consolidation will enhance competition, increase access to commercial solutions, and reduce administrative costs over the long run. At the same time, increasingly, GSA’s industry partners are perplexed by the treatment of services. GSA is limiting services under the MAS program to those priced on an hourly rate basis. This approach limits customer agency access to innovative, best value commercial solutions. Moreover, the use of cost-build negotiations for services serves as a non-commercial “double whammy,” further undermining customer agency access to best value commercial solutions. The combination of limiting services to hourly rates, combined with cost-build negotiations, is low price technically acceptable by other means. (Here we go again.)”

“2. E-commerce and Section 889: a bridge too far? As GSA begins implementation of the e-commerce pilots, a foundational policy issue to be addressed will be implementation of Section 889.  Section 889 applies to the platform providers as well as the suppliers selling through the platforms.  Will suppliers certify to Section 889 for each transaction? Will the platform providers also have to certify for each transaction given that the products themselves are a substantial and essential component to such platforms? In addition, customer agencies and suppliers will be keenly interested in GSA’s efforts to ensure the platform providers comply with the President’s Executive Order on counterfeits, along with the Department of Homeland Security’s Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods…” Read the full article here.

Source: Ten Tantalizing Topics Testing Procurement in the New Fiscal Year – By Roger Waldron, September 25, 2020. The Coalition for Government Procurement.

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