IRS using artificial intelligence to streamline Federal procurement strategies

“Artificial intelligence is proving to be an integral technology for improving federal procurement and reducing workforce burdens.

‘Procurement really is a critical enabler for any organization to meet its mission,’ said Shanna Webbers, Internal Revenue Service’s chief procurement officer, during GovernmentCIO Media & Research’s AI Gov: Data Insights virtual event…”

“Over the past few years, the Department of Homeland Security has improved its Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) system, which agencies use in their contract award decisions to measure quality and timely reporting of contractors’ performance.

Traditionally, contracting officers have heavily relied on written proposals to select the team or the best vendor on a contract. With over 1 million records for tens of thousands of vendors in CPARS, accessing that data can become difficult to manage, said Scott Simpson, digital transformation lead of DHS’ Procurement Innovation Lab. Simpson explained how the agency is applying AI tools to the system to allow contracting officials to more easily search for information…”

“Webbers noted that the IRS leverages the same process. The one-time build method will bolster consistency and ensure that agencies have access to the best products on the market that meet specific requirements.

‘Allowing us to have consistency across the federal government frees up others to create new tools that then can also be leveraged. That multiplying capability is what’s really going to be game changing for the acquisition community,’ Webbers said.

AI and predictive analytics would provide contracting officers with the ability to data-mine billions of contract transaction records to compare past experience, complexity and performance, Webbers said…” Read the full article here.

Source: AI is Streamlining Federal Procurement Strategies – By Sarah Sybert, April 30, 2021. GovernmentCIO.

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