GSA fine-tunes search tools for Advantage

Contracting officers now can find the needle in the haystack when searching for products at the Federal Supply Service's GSA Advantage portal.

Using software from Zycus Inc. of Princeton, N.J., that compiles the portal's 13,000 catalogs and 7 million products, feds now can drill down to the exact product they are looking for, instead of sifting through search results.

'We categorized all the items in GSA Advantage using the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code,' said Nancy Goode, director of the General Services Administration's systems management center. 'This was the No. 1 issue with our customers; they couldn't get to what they needed quickly. Now, hopefully, they can.'

The new search function is part of an overall redesign and five-year strategy the agency has outlined for GSA Advantage, Goode said.

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