“Temporary acquisition authorities that aid the Department of Homeland Security in getting innovative commercial technologies and goods in response to the COVID-19 crisis should be lasting tools in the department’s acquisition toolbox, the agency’s top acquisition official told a Senate panel.”
“The DHS other transaction authority that allows the agency to conduct pilot projects outside of the traditional competitive bidding regulations expires at the end of each fiscal year. Soraya Correa, the agency’s chief procurement officer, told lawmakers at a July 28 hearing of the Senate Finance Committee that she’d like permanent authorization for OTAs.”
“Similarly, the Commercial Solutions Opening Pilot Program (CSOP) expires at the end of 2022. Correa would like to see that become a permanent fixture of agency acquisition…”
“Overall, DHS has obligated more than $1.68 billion to combat the pandemic according to the Government Accountability Office. DHS used exceptions to Federal Acquisition Regulation standards on full and open competitions to allow for about $1.1 billion or 87% of the total to be obligated outside of the competitive bidding process. Most of the spending was aimed at sourcing goods, especially gowns and other PPE, as opposed to services, according to GAO…” Read the full article here.
Source: DHS seeks permanent flexible acquisition authorities – By Mark Rockwell, July 29, 2020 FCW.