Hill asks: Too much overlap in GSA agencies?

Hill asks: Too much overlap in GSA agencies?

The General Services Administration's two IT procurement shops overlap in the products and services they offer, but there is no consensus as to whether that is good or bad.

The House Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement held a hearing last week on whether GSA should restructure its Federal Supply and Federal Technology services.

The General Accounting Office found that more than 300 vendors have contracts with both agencies, and eight of the 10 largest IT suppliers have overlapping contracts, said David E. Cooper, GAO's director of acquisition and sourcing management.

FTS is the largest user of FSS schedule contracts. Some vendors and agencies like the added competition, some feel it's overkill, he said.

GSA administrator Stephen Perry said a report on the issue from a consultant will be done by month's end and implementing its recommendations would be a high priority.

A Washington IT industry group said vendors want fewer contract vehicles, although it couldn't say how many fewer.

'The right number lies somewhere between one and the number we have now,' said Larry Allen, executive director of the Coalition for Government Procurement.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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