November 14, 2016
GSA Launches Phase 2 of Making It Easier
Source: Nextgov, Frank Konkel, October 24, 2016
The General Services Agency launched the Making It Easier initiative in April to help government improve the way it buys good and services, and after a series of successful programs, the agency is ready for phase two.
Launched today, the next phase adds a slew of new efforts for both the contracting community and federal agencies. They include new quick-start guides designed to get prepare prospective contractors as they seek business across GSA’s many acquisition vehicles; a Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Modification Improvement process designed to streamline changes in schedule solicitations; and restructured help desks that will give customers a single point of entry.
In addition, GSA planned to release a report today describing the full scope of the Making It Easier initiative, its impact on stakeholders and prospects for fiscal 2017.
“This second set of improvements will continue to better GSA’s ability to truly make it easier for our suppliers to work with us, and help government deliver world-class services to the public,” said Kevin Youel Page, deputy commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, in a statement. In a call with reporters, Page added that the program’s early success is evidence that “GSA is doing its job as an economic catalyst.”
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