Articles

What is the Federal Marketplace?


So let’s talk. What is the federal marketplace? Bringing together a lot of initiatives to
make procurement better. And just frankly smarter. For customer agencies, it means we’re using
data analytics to get actionable insights to make it easier to find and buy solutions
on the schedules. For vendors, it will make it easier to offer
those solutions in a way that benefits their technology and the way their customers actually
want to buy things. And it’ll make it easier across GSA to find
ways we can continue to improve and reduce duplication, increase competition, improve
transparency, provide better consistency, and streamline all of our processes. In developing this broader federal marketplace
initiative was identified 30 connected projects that’ll improve the buying and selling experience. We’re not starting on all 30 today. Right now we’re prioritizing what we feel
adds the greatest value, and schedule transformation is the top of that list. Right? Schedules have evolved. If you think back to the origin of schedules
when there were really lists of supplies to services, and we’re really working on solutions
at this point in time. And it also means we’re going from 24 schedules
to one schedule. By consolidating to one schedule, we’ll eliminate
the need for our industry partners to deal with multiple schedules, multiple contracting
officers, multiple sets of terms and conditions, and really just have duplicative efforts across
the board, which are burdensome and complicated for all the parties involved. So allow industry to bring products and services
to the table from the same entry point. And it’ll remove potential barriers to entry
for small businesses interested in doing business with the federal government, providing value
across our offerings. We’re working to create this single schedule
this fiscal year. And we’re really looking forward to the feedback
we’ll receive from today’s panels to help make sure we get this right. Transforming our schedules is, frankly, just
overdue. And it’s really exciting. But it’s only a [inaudible] piece of the broader
federal marketplace strategy. Beyond the multiple work schedule form, we
need to do more to create value. We need to improve how we manage our catalog. We need to improve our contract writing system. We need to focus on how, with the new authority
we have for unpriced services contracts and incorporate that so that we can really focus
on the technical qualifications of vendors and drive down pricing at the task order level
when it matters the most. We need to reform eBuy to make it easier to
use. And we have the e-Commerce and e-Platform
discussions going on right now with the RFI open for public comment until December 21st. But our Phase II report is due in March and
with the goal of having a prototype in place by the end of the calendar year of 2019. We’re also looking to reduce our internal
duplication at, which means that PBS [phonetic] will become a better customer. In Federal Acquisition Service, it means that
our own systems will work more elegantly together. It means that our systems will reflect the
business processes that we want rather than having our business processes reflect the
systems we have. And it means we’re going to be able to really
leverage our own workforce. We’ve got wonderful 1102s, and we want to
take them from doing data entry to doing data analytics and using it to make sure that we
get the right solution for all of our partners. All of these initiatives are designed to bring
value to you, our partners and our stakeholders.

Comment here