The Coalition for Government Procurement is the single most effective voice for commercial service and product companies selling in the federal market. For more than 35 years, the Coalition has brought together public and private sector procurement leaders to work towards the mutual goal of common sense acquisition. Members have access to the latest federal compliance and policy information, which serves as the foundation of a successful government business.
On March 20, Stephanie Shutt, the Director of the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program Management Office, spoke to Coalition members about the consolidation of the Schedules program. During the meeting, Ms. Shutt provided members with an update on the General Services Administration’s (GSA) plans for the consolidation effort and answered member questions about the process. A complimentary recording of the meeting is available on the Coalition’s Member Portal.
On March 20, The OMB issued Memorandum M-19-13 “Category Management: Making Smarter Use of Common Contract Solutions and Practices.” This memo establishes five actions for agencies to implement Category Management government-wide. The Coalition will continue to monitor developments around Category Management and, as always, we will advocate for common sense solutions that support an efficient and effective procurement system.
On March 7, the Coalition provided the General Services Administration (GSA) its members’ feedback on some of the remaining “Known Unknowns” from an industry’s perspective related to the Commercial Platform Initiative.
On Wednesday, March 6, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its “High Risk List” of Federal programs and operations that are vulnerable to waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, or that need broad reform. The report, which GAO submits bi-annually to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, identifies 35 “High Risk” areas that need further address. Significantly, although GAO noted that 7 of the identified areas have demonstrated improvement, the agency determined that more than half of the areas remained unchanged since its last report.
On February 28, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hosted a virtual business opportunity session focusing on the Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) 2.0 program. During the session, the VA provided an update on the strategy for contracting with suppliers to support the program. The slides from the session are available here.
On February 21, The Coalition provided feedback regarding recent changes in the management of Product Service Codes (PSCs) that are being coordinated between the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).
On February 19, The Coalition made recommendations to enhance the usability of the GSA Advantage platform based on findings from its recently completed study comparing pricing on e-Commerce platforms.
Upcoming Events & Meetings
- June 5th – MAS Basic Training: The Nuts & Bolts – Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Washington, DC
- June 6th – GSA and VA Schedule Contracting for In-House Counsel – Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC
- August 21st – 7th Annual Joe Caggiano Memorial Golf Tournament – Whiskey Creek Golf Club, Ijamsville, MD
- November 20th – Fall Healthcare Forum – Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA
- November 20th – Excellence in Partnership (EIP) Awards Dinner – Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA
- November 21st – Fall Training Conference – Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA