Federal Manager's Daily Report

GSA is set to take another step toward advancing e-commerce in federal agency procurement, scheduling what will be the second session to gather feedback from agency officials and other stakeholders.

The meeting, to be held June 21 at GSA headquarters, is the second town hall-type gathering resulting from language in the 2016 DoD budget directing GSA, in conjunction with OMB, to establish a program to procure certain products through commercial portals.

The two agencies previously produced a draft implementation plan covering government and industry stakeholder goals and concerns, the different types of portals in the commercial market, and legislative changes needed to enable fuller and more effective use of them, a Federal Register notice says.

The upcoming meeting will focus on issues including communications with potential providers on technical considerations, the degree of customization that can occur without creating a government-unique portal, considerations for supplier and product screening, data security, considerations for nontraditional government contractors, and potential fees.

It also will focus on consultation with agencies about their unique procurement needs such as supply chain risks for health care products, information technology and software, the notice said.