“The demands of responding to COVID-19 has encouraged reforms in federal procurement. This has been especially pronounced in the government’s expansion of remote network access to accommodate a dispersed workforce.
Speaking at the 2021 AFCEA Health IT Acquisition & Public Health forum, representatives from across the federal government outlined how their agencies have helped streamline the acquisitions process and opened the competitive space to smaller and mid-sized firms in order to facilitate IT development.
‘Suddenly there was a need for new hardware, software and network access security, so we advised our Small Business Administration, Department of Veteran Affairs and Social Security Administration on their procurement strategies,’ said Roya Konzman, acting division director for solutions development at General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). ‘GSA empowered its contracting officers to expand its rated orders authority. These orders are issued in accordance to the defense priorities and allocation system, and rated orders applied to IT capabilities included teleworking and health care solutions such as VPN accounts, virtual desktop infrastructure solutions, laptops and mobile devices, and also covered personal protective equipment, such as medical products hand sanitizers and disposable gloves.’…” Read the full article here.
Source: COVID-19 Has Encouraged Procurement and Contracting Reform – By Adam Patterson, April 6, 2021. GovernmentCIO.