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Tom Sharpe: GSA Aims to be One-Stop Shop for Federal IT Acquisition Services

Tom Sharpe
Tom Sharpe

The General Services Administration is working to establish a centralized procurement system to accommodate the information technology needs of federal agencies, FCW reported Thursday.

Mark Rockwell writes that Tom Sharpe, commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, said the organization aims to make it easier for agencies to buy IT products and services as part of a three-year plan.

“With shrinking budgets, there are fewer administrative dollars to handle acquisitions,” Sharpe told an audience at a Thursday forum hosted by the Association for Federal Resource Management.

“Agencies are looking for help,” he added, according to FCW.

GSA plans to unveil IT category management “hallways” by the end of September with the goal of establishing acquisition best practices and pricing transparency.

Another piece of the agency’s strategy is a common buying platform that will fuse contracting sources and templates electronically, according to FCW.

Sharpe told the forum audience that GSA also wants to modernize its business models and expand the number of information resources about federal projects.

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