GSA TO PLACE POST-AWARD RFQ INFO ON E-BUY
In a bid to increase transparency, GSA announced last week that it will start placing select post-award information about E-Buy procurements on FedBizOps. GSA hopes to increase interest and participation by small businesses by demystifying the E-Buy process. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy stated, “Making this data public will be especially helpful for small businesses who often aren’t able to dedicate resources to navigate the government contracting process.” As part of the process, GSA is establishing a test group to gather and analyze data. This group is comprised of the most active e-Buy users, and includes contracting officers from the GSA Office of Internal Acquisition and the FAS Region 7 Southwest Supply and Acquisition Center. All data collected will be from GSA funded procurements. All notices will be posted on FedBizOps and be labeled “eBuy Pilot”. Of course, any business that wants to gather intelligence on how E-Buy works can look at the pilot information on FBO. This could provide valuable information on how agencies specifically word certain requirements so that contractors on a specific contract or SIN can or cannot see them. Other business intelligence information may also be gathered. Therein is the two-edged sword for contractors. While non-winning companies can see some information on why, and to whom, they will also be able to see other public information that could give them an advantage on future bids. So, if you’re selling to GSA via E-Buy there are several reasons to pay attention to the pilot.