Rep. Davis says more buying reforms are coming

Rep. Davis says more buying reforms are coming

By Thomas R. Temin

GCN Staff

MAY 11—Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) has promised more procurement reform legislation, including granting state governments the right to use the General Services Administration's Multiple Award Contracts for information technology.

In remarks at yesterday's Outlook 2000 conference put on by Federal Sources Inc. of McLean, Va., Davis said he had asked the General Accounting Office to investigate the impact of federal buying reforms on small business. Some small businesses have claimed they haven't gotten a fair share of agencies' business over the last several years.

But even if GAO confirms that assertion and Congress responds with legislation, Davis said, the general thrust of procurement reform will not be reversed.

'We're in a breathing spell now,' Davis said. 'This is a revolution, not just today's fad.' He said any follow-on procurement reform bills would not be introduced until next year.

As for state and city use of GSA schedules, Davis said, 'I still believe it's inevitable,' despite legislation prohibiting it. That legislation, he said, was prompted by the pharmaceuticals industry, and he predicted Congress will eventually enact a law allowing so-called cooperative purchasing for IT only.

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