Erville Koehler, regional commissioner for the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA, wrote in a blog post published Wednesday that GSA AdvantageSelect is a category management-based tool designed to help contracting officials place orders for IT products without the need to undergo competition.
GSA will subject 22-inch computer monitors this month and 14-inch laptops in September to several procurement methods such as e-buy, GSA Advantage! upload process, quantity price breaks and the GSA Reverse Auction Platform in an effort to gather data for use in the creation of agile development approaches.
Koehler said GSA expects the testing of IT commodities through the online portal to result in a single-award, short-term contract vehicle.
The agency will also work to boost the involvement of small businesses, achieve savings for purchased IT products and streamline the procurement process through the AdvantageSelect platform, he added.