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Tom Sharpe: GSA Seeks to Bolster Proper Procurement with New Guidance

ContractSigningThe General Services Administration has issued a set of instructional guidelines for contracting managers and vendors to oversee the agency’s schedules program, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jason Miller writes that GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service sought to resolve questions raised in a 2013 inspector general report surrounding decisions made by contracting officers related to schedules.

“We’ve taken a number of actions to reinforce proper procurement while also focusing on doing more for our customers to save them time and money in acquisition,” FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe told the station.

“We’ve moved out on training. We’ve moved out on providing tools for the multiple award schedules, and we are in the process of standardizing part numbers, instilling horizontal pricing pressure,” he added.

Miller writes contracting officers must take note of communications with contractors, legislators and their staffs and other concerned parties under the new guidance.

Sharpe told the station GSA intends for the instructions to help contracting officers schedule pre-award prices, set documentation processes for negotiations and decide how to reinforce final prices.

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