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Mary Davie: Federal IT Acquisitions Can Have Collaborative Market Research

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Mary Davie
Mary Davie

Mary Davie, assistant commissioner at the General Services Administration‘s Office of Integrated Technology Services, has outlined a set of best practices for information technology acquisition to help agencies achieve their missions.

Davie wrote in an open letter published Tuesday that agencies should aim to go beyond due diligence and work toward the benefit of taxpayers.

“The ultimate motivator and driver for all of us in public service isn’t what we perceive or think is best, but what we find after due diligence is really best for our missions and the American taxpayers,” she said.

She added that agencies should collaborate with GSA, industry and other agencies in market research to gain insight into the needed tools, resources and channels to meet IT needs.

Davie also highlighted the many available pre-established contracts at GSA that can help drive buying decisions and provide opportunities for agencies to leverage both shared requirements and previous acquisition experiences.

“Agencies [that] use existing contract vehicles with the IDIQ Fair Opportunity process or Multiple Award Contract/Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) save months in acquisition lead time,” Davie noted.

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