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GSA, OMB Release Phase Two Strategy for E-Commerce Portal Implementation

The General Services Administration and Office of Management and Budget jointly released an implementation plan for phase two of a procurement directive that seeks to implement the use of e-commerce portals, GSA said Thursday. As part of Section 846 under the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, GSA is required to consult with OMB on the development of a program that will enable agencies to purchase commercial offerings through a commercial e-portal.

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Crystal Philcox: GSA Advances New Contract-Writing System, Catalog Project Under ‘Federal Marketplace’ Strategy

Crystal Philcox, assistant commissioner of enterprise strategy management at the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, said GSA has begun streamlining the acquisition process for buyers and suppliers as part of the Federal Marketplace strategy, FedScoop reported Tuesday. Philcox said at an ACT-IAC event on Tuesday that the strategy involves several projects including an update to the contract-writing systems, development of product catalogs, e-commerce portals and schedules consolidation.

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GSA Issues Update on E-Commerce Platform Initiative

The General Services Administration has released an update on the industry feedback it received after a recent solicitation for its commercial platforms initiative. Laura Stanton, deputy assistant commissioner of Federal Acquisition Services, said in a recent blogpost that GSA received over 200 pages of comments on its planned development of a government wide e-commerce platform. 

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CBP Seeks to Bolster Trade Facilitation Posture Through E-Commerce Strategy

The Customs and Border Protection has implemented an e-commerce strategy to bolster its trade facilitation posture and protect domestic businesses and consumers from threats related to electronic trade. CBP said March 6 it seeks to address U.S. security and economic challenges from the growing number of imported small packages through the agency’s e-commerce …

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Alan Chvotkin: PSC Backs E-Procurement Portal Implementation Approach

Alan Chvotkin, an executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, has said PSC supports transparency and adoption of a phased-in approach in the federal government’s implementation of e-commerce portals for procurement processes. Chvotkin joined industry representatives and General Services Administration officials at a public meeting Tuesday to …

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Report: Reconciled FY 2018 Defense Policy Bill Contains ‘Amazon Amendment’

The fiscal 2018 defense spending bill introduced by a joint House-Senate conference committee includes an amendment that would potentially shift approximately $53 billion in annual purchases of commercial products by the Defense Department to e-commerce portals, Nextgov reported Monday. The Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act, also known as the Amazon amendment, in …

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House Armed Services Panel Proposes $696B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2018

The House Armed Services Committee has introduced a bill that would allocate $621.5 billion in defense base budget and $75 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for fiscal year 2018, The Hill reported Monday. HASC’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 reflects a $28.5 billion increase from President …

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