Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner at the GSA Office of Strategy Management and Jeff Koses, senior procurement executive at the GSA Office of Government-wide Policy, discuss their finalized plan to make the rollout of the new e-Commerce portal go as smoothly as possible.
The General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget have finished assembling a plan for rolling out their new government e-Commerce site. The site was a key provision of the 2018 National Defense Authorization act, and when it is completed, make purchasing commercial products easier for government procurement officers. “The last couple of months has really been talking to industry, talking to the agencies, understanding what is really going to move the government into 21st century buying,” Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner at the GSA Office of Strategy Management. “We need to find a balance between policy regulation, and commercial buying practices.” The main idea of the plan is to change procurement legislation to “simplify the COTS(Commercial off-the-shelf) item buying experience.” “Congress emphasized we needed to be prudent in what we asked for… That really took us [to] thinking about the big picture. How do we design something where we’re laying out the big themes today and then we can come back with greater detail,” Jeff Koses, senior procurement executive at the GSA Office of Government-wide Policy. “Looking at the statutory perspective, the defining competition requirements, the Competition Contracting Act is almost 25 years old. It was written up long before we were in an era of e-Commerce. If we were to try and buy under these rules this program, we would not go anywhere.”