OFPP developing emergency contracting database

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is developing a database for emergency response contracting.

Robert Burton, acting OFPP administrator, last week said the Homeland Security Department and the General Services Administration are collecting information on existing contracts that agencies could tap to buy products and services in an emergency.

The need for the database is one of the lessons from hurricanes Katrina and Rita last summer, Burton said at the 45th annual Interagency Resources Management Conference.
'We had people who put contracts in place because they didn't know what was available,' he said. 'We also will have an online list of federal experts who can respond during emergency situations.'

With hurricane season starting June 1, he said the working group needs to get something online sooner rather than later.

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