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Shay Assad: Pentagon, GSA Working for Contract Options, Efficiency

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The Defense Department and General Services Administration are collaborating to change how the agencies buy goods and services, Federal Computer Week reports.

Speaking at the Coalition for Government Procurement conference Friday, Shay Assad, the Pentagon’s defense pricing director, said his department is concerned with how the government uses contract schedules.

Assad said the acquisition and procurement environment should be based on fair competition and effective schedules but the departments are not yielding those outcomes.

Pilot programs that allow the agencies to try different methods for contracting and procurement are one of the efforts Assad said he is pursuing to improve efficiency.

Assad said the Pentagon is working with GSA to establish a set of contract schedules that would allow the Pentagon to pursue a cost-reimbursement contract rather than fixed-price.

The Pentagon wants more contract options where the lowest price does not mean poor quality, Assad said.

Assad said he instructs contractors seeking a product with the highest-value technical performance to pursue best-value procurement.

When there are multiple suppliers, he said it is not necessary to pay more for a service that can be bought from more than one provider, according to the report.

One program Assad is promoting would establish a contractor business analysis repository.

The repository, which is in its beta testing phase, would gather data on a provider that contracting officers can use to access contractor background information.

This and other efforts aim to align corporate and division administrative contracting officers, improve pricing and integrate contractor analysis tools to help in decision-making, Assad said.

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