As part of ongoing efforts to create an online marketplace for government purchasers, GSA officials held a public meeting January 9th to discuss potential market structures and legal requirements.
A wide range of stakeholders attended the hearing, responding to questions from GSA on issues such as how many online portals should be implemented, who should have privity of contract with the government, and whether certain federal procurement requirements should be waived for program participants. GSA had previously published its discussion topics in a Federal Register notice on December 15, 2017.
GSA’s town hall took place as part of the implementation of Section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018. As discussed in a previous blog post, the 2018 NDAA requires GSA and OMB to develop and implement e-commerce portals for commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) item procurements, rolling out the program under a three-phase plan. [2018 NDAA § 846(c)(1)] Phase I requires the development of a plan for implementing the commercial e-commerce portals program, including recommendations regarding “changes to, or exemptions from, [existing procurement] laws.” Id. That Phase I plan is due to Congress on March 12, 2018. Id.
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