FedBizOpps finds mark of success as DOD enlists

To Federal Supply Service officials, it was the demise of the Defense Department's online procurement site last July that officially marked the rise of FSS' FedBizOpps.

'We knew we had made it when Defense Department [officials] announced they were putting their DODBusOpps application to bed,' said Stuart Dvorkin, FedBizOpps program manager at FSS. 'We saw it as a wonderful, affirming, positive thing. It meant we were succeeding.'

DODBusOpps, Defense's site for posting contract notices, was formally retired Sept. 30.
Three months earlier, on July 1, Defense began posting all solicitations requiring notice on FedBizOpps.

To former users, Defense officials said the President's Management Agenda for e-government mandated the integration of IT investments across all government agencies. The management of systems, data and business processes from multiple agencies to a joint solution was the order of the day, they said.

'It was a symbol to us that we had made it because there is no more challenging customer than the Defense Department,' Dvorkin said. 'What DOD was basically saying to us was: 'You've succeeded. You're stable and reliable. We've watched you for the last year and a half, and you've proven to us that you know what you're doing.' '

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