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GSA’s Tom Sharpe Discusses Management’s Role in CO Decisions

Tom SharpeFederal News Radio (FNR) held an interview with Tom Sharpe, Commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), to discuss management supervision of schedule contract activities. The interview provides insight on GSA’s latest Acquisition Policy and Procedure Directive which outlines procedures to improve procurement controls and ensure evaluation processes are fair for all parties involved. Tom Sharpe also talks about GSA’s emphasis on procurement management reviews and training moving forward.

Some details that Tom Sharpe highlights is reinforcing the proper methods for procurement in order to provide more benefits for customers. One of the main goals of the new Acquisition Policy is to save the customers more time and money which has been an continuous goal for the GSA’s FAS. Growing IG concerns have caused the implementation of the new policy as last June, many FAS managers have improperly intervened in potential negotiations for new GSA schedules. Tom Sharpe further emphasized that the role of management is very important in the field of government contracting and stated that he “won’t tolerate improper intervention or improper execution of that role” The instructional guidance portion of the training portion emphasizes the importance of contracting officers to document all forms of communication with any members involved in the GSA scheduling process.

To learn more about the GSA’s new contracting policy, please visit this link.

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