GSA administrator advocates review of federal procurements

The Office of Management and Budget should perform a broad review of agency procurement plans to determine whether there are needs to consolidate federal acquisition methods, General Services Administration chief Stephen Perry said.

As OMB moves ahead with its Line of Business consolidation initiative to streamline how agencies implement human resources, payroll functions and cybersecurity, Perry said acquisition services also should be on the list.

'Just as we have Line of Business reviews for various things, including financial management and HR management, we're proposing there be a governmentwide review of acquisition,' Perry said today at a luncheon sponsored by the American Council for Technology's Industry Advisory Council.

Perry said he has only had informal discussions with OMB on the issue, but believes 'there is a lot of interest' about the idea. 'It's going to be a question of 'is this the next priority or is there something else,' ' Perry said.

OMB officials earlier this year said they would consider adding procurement to their consolidation initiative.

Meanwhile, Perry also said there is little news to report on the highly anticipated but oft-delayed Alliant contracts, the 10-year, $65 billion procurement for governmentwide IT services. GSA will hold a yet-to-be scheduled public forum in October about the Alliant contracts and how they will be implemented, according to Perry.

'We hope to come out of that discussion with a final strategy and plan to move ahead,' Perry said.

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