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DHS Going Paperless for Contract Bids

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Contractors who provide services to the Department of Homeland Security will soon be able to submit bids electronically, Federal Times reports.

Rafael Borras, DHS’ management undersecretary, said Thursday the current submission process will be reformed so companies can focus on the bid and save money on paper costs.

At a DHS industry day in Washington, Borras said he directed officials to create web-based portals for contractors to submit bids. According to Federal Times, companies have said requirements are often unclear and they do not have enough time to ask questions before responding to a request for proposals.

Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, said requirements often need clarification and can be translated incorrectly when procurement officers write them in a contract, according to Federal Times.

Borras said DHS will hold forums for companies to ask questions on upcoming projects before DHS issues a request for proposals.

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