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Regulators Seek Contractor Feedback on Use of Online Portal

  • Rule would encourage increased dialogue on contract matters
  • GSA online portal designed to improve acquisition efforts

Beginning next month, regulators will be asking contractors for their thoughts on a plan to increase industry use of a federal online portal for feedback on the effectiveness of agency acquisitions, according to a report to be published in the June 11 Federal Register.

The rule would create a policy to encourage regular dialogue on contract formation and administration activities, according to the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda issued by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council, which consists of officials from the Government Services Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Defense Department.

It would also support a “sustainable model” for increased use of a survey in Acquisition 360 – a GSA online portal that asks contractors to evaluate agency procurement processes – to elicit feedback on agency pre-award and debriefing processes.

“Agencies would consider this feedback, as appropriate, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their acquisition activities,” according to the rule.

Regulators will begin seeking comments from contractors on the proposed rule change in July.

Several other proposed rule changes of direct interest to contractors are also wending their way through the process, according to the report.

Proposed rules to be released in the next several months would enhance federal agency whistle-blower protections for contractor employees, direct contracting officers to make a determination of “fair and reasonable” pricing when placing an order through GSA’s Federal Supply Schedules, and carry out policies that address the use of reverse auctions, which involve bidders lowering their pricing over rounds of offers in order to win federal contracts.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Skolnik in Washington at sskolnik@bgov.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Paul Hendrie at phendrie@bgov.com; John R. Kirkland at jkirkland@bgov.com; Robin Meszoly at rmeszoly@bgov.com

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