Government Matters presents a panel discussion with the General Services Administration’s top procurement and tech leaders on phase two of the agency’s e-commerce portals implementation.
The General Services Administration is moving into phase 3 of their e-commerce portals plan. The agency recently submitted the second phase of their implementation plan to Congress, which includes creating a proof of concept marketplace and raising the micropurchase threshold to $25,000. Government Matters held a panel discussion with GSA’s top procurement and tech leaders. They say that the issue is an important one for acquisition across the government. Laura Stanton, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Category Management and IT, GSA — “It makes it easiest for the federal agencies to get value and for the taxpayers to get value out of it. The value here is being able to get the portals out there, and it will be multiple portals. Getting something that the federal agency’s purchase card holder can make a purchase, do it fast, save time, save money, then they can today.” Jeff Koses, Senior Procurement Executive at GSA — “In thinking about this entire issue, in part, we are trying to align to GSA’s innovation model… that really emphasizes things such as proof of concepts, pilots, test before we buy, having the right process controls, having the right metrics. When we go to the legislation, that would let us go to $250,000. In thinking about that, we felt that was too high. We don’t know how this is going to play in the marketplace. We’ve modeled it, we’ve talked it through, we have met with hundreds of people, but we don’t actually know how this will work. That took us to, ‘We need to test this out, what are the impacts on the federal agencies? have we made it faster? Have we made it easier?’” Mark Lee, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Policy & Compliance, GSA — “One of the things that stuck out to us is the evolving world of the business to business environment. It is really dynamic. We’re getting in the ground level where companies are choosing to what to invest in at this point. It was really good to hear from them and see how we can help shape that market.”