Tom Sharpe, commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration, has announced plans to evaluate the effectiveness of the 17 hallways FAS has rolled out in its Common Acquisition Platform, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.
Sharpe told the station FAS will collaborate with the Office of Management and Budget to determine factors such as numbers of transactions and baselines for such contracts.
“The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has put out a definition of ‘spend under management’ so contracts are scored from 1s to 2s to 3s,” he said.
“OFPP has determined that’s in the government’s interest and the taxpayer’s interest so we want to measure against that baseline and improve over time.”
Jason Miller reports FAS’ move to measure the hallways’ performance is in line with President Barack Obama’s category management program that intends to help government agencies in their procurement decisions through the collection of data from OFPP and GSA.
Sharpe said the hallways contain several tools such as the E-Buy open function for GSA schedules’ requests for quotes and a search tool designed to find information technology product and service contracts.