OFPP to study online procurement services

The federal government again will review the advantages and disadvantages of online procurement services.

In a memo to the Chief Acquisition Officers Council, Paul Denett, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, asked that a working group review the regulations, policies and business considerations involved in using commercially available online procurement services.

The fiscal 2007 Defense Authorization Act required OFPP and the council to review online procurement services, such as reverse auctioning, to determine the types of products and services that would be suitable for these apps, and the features that these programs should provide agencies.

Agencies must name their representative to the working group by Oct. 31. The working group will meet periodically over the next three or four months starting in November, Denett said.

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