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Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, discusses the current state of government e-commerce plans, and questions raised about their use.

The General Services Administration is pushing along their plan to open e-commerce portals in the federal government. But the plan as it stands is still in the early stages. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, says that it’s going to take a while to get the portals off the ground.

 

“I think we are going to be in the process of accumulating and identifying best practices here. But… we are not going to achieve critical mass anytime soon. One thing, there’s a lot of concern in agencies about security and visibility and competition [and pricing.]” Allen said. “… One of the drivers right now is the $10,000 cap on the micro-purchase threshold. That’s one of the reasons why GSA is again petitioning Congress to go up to $25,000 just for their program so that they can begin to get some data. They have a reasonable argument for that.”

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