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GSA looks to bring AI to proposal reviews

The General Services Administration wants to streamline the FASlane review process for new proposals by using distributed ledger technology, automated machine learning and/or artificial intelligence to review and exchange information.

According to a request for quotations, GSA seeks a design and proof of concept for intelligent automation that will reduce the amount of time humans spend reviewing new proposal documents, improve offeror experience and speed the time to award. GSA also said it will implement an electronic data interchange for offeror registration, contract maintenance, transactions, auditing and reporting.

To create at a "single source of truth," the solution must automate the process except for proposal rejection or contract award -- from the time a vendor opts into the program, through review of contractor responsibility, pricing and market research, issuance of offer letters and price negotiation. That automation requires configuring smart contracts based on multiple decision rules and workflows as well as providing interim evaluation results for new proposals.

Additionally, GSA requires that the system:

  • Run on multiple cloud platforms authorized by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management program at the moderate level.
  • Embrace open source and open data to better integrate disparate IT systems.
  • Demonstrate potential integration with GSA Access Card PKI credentials for authentication of GSA employees and compatibility with Federal PKI Bridge.

For the distributed ledger component, the solicitation states that proposed solutions must "[a]llow for authorized nodes that will become part of the ledger network" and that the ledger must be "cryptocurrency agnostic and not monetize mining."  Distributed ledgers like blockchain are best known for underpinning cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but government agencies are exploring uses that range from archiving and encrypting government records to protecting intellectual property in the supply chain.

More information on the GSA solicitation is available here.

About the Author

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA and MA from West Chester University and did Ph.D. work in English at the University of Delaware.

Connect with Susan at [email protected] or @sjaymiller.


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