E-Buy to debut next on GSA Advantage

E-Buy to debut next on GSA Advantage

By Thomas R. Temin

GCN Staff

SEPT. 12—The federal procurement revolution continues, at least at the General Services Administration.

E-Buy will be the next service available through GSA Advantage, the online component of the Federal Supply Service's Multiple Awards Schedule, FSS assistant commissioner William N. Gormley told the audience at the monthly GCN Forum in Washington yesterday.

Here's how e-Buy will work: By the end of this month or early in October, GSA will ask all MAS contractors on GSA Advantage to supply an e-mail address for receipt of solicitations. When an agency issues a request for quotes or proposals via the planned e-Buy menu option under Advantage, all vendors of the needed product or service who supplied an e-mail address will receive the request.

"Then communication is between the vendor and the customer," Gormley said. E-Buy addresses vendors' complaints that they don't have access to all potential schedule orders, Gormley said, while ensuring that agencies get the best deal.

He predicted a November rollout for e-Buy and said industry will get a preview of its functionality. Gormley added that FSS officials are currently combing the Federal Acquisition Regulation to ensure that e-Buy is allowable.

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