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Thomas Sharpe Aims for FAS to Become Major Contracting Source

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Thomas Sharpe wants to make the Federal Acquisition Service the primary source of contracting services across the government in his role as FAS commissioner, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes Sharpe told an Association for Federal Information Resources Management event Tuesday in Washington that FAS studied agencies’ procurement lead times and found that sourcing and pricing activities were up to 50 percent faster through the Federal Supply Schedules program.

Sharpe said FAS accounts for 12.3 percent of government-wide addressable spending and he aims to increase the agency’s share to as much as 66 percent, according to the report.

He added the Office of Management and Budget should help FAS reduce duplication in government contracting.

“A suggestion would be, we take on an initiative, a metric, to reduce the number of contract actions and drive those actions to the types of vehicles we already can document, save time, save money and have the right level of small business participation,” Sharpe said.

He also said FAS is working on a shared service strategy that aims to grow the number of business contracts under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, according to Miller’s report.

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