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Update on FY19 NDAA and RFI Feedback


There are a few topics that I want to address in today's blog post: the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the recently closed Requests for Information (RFIs) for the commercial platforms initiative.


The conference report for the 2019 NDAA was released last week. As has been noted in earlier blog posts, GSA put forward several legislative recommendations as part of our Phase I deliverable. Contained in the conference language was the competition provision that grants GSA the ability to develop ordering procedures deemed compliant with the Competition in Contracting Act. This is one of two critical pieces to our implementation approach and we are appreciative to see this first provision included.


However, our recommendation to increase the micro-purchase threshold to $25,000 for purchases through the GSA-approved commercial e-commerce portals was not part of the final legislation. GSA remains committed to the commercial platforms program and to moving towards a productive proof of concept to demonstrate, on a small scale, the benefits of shifting activities from the acquisition workforce to the program offices.


As most of you know, GSA and the Office of Management and Budget recently issued two RFIs soliciting information from suppliers selling on commercial e-commerce portals and from providers of commercial e-commerce portals. These RFIs were issued to help inform our deliverable for Phase II of of the requirements enacted in Section 846 of the NDAA for FY 2018, Procurement Through Commercial e-Commerce Portals.

Both RFIs closed Friday, July 20, and I want to thank the suppliers and portal providers who responded for sharing their insights and recommendations.


We received over 50 responses across the two RFIs (totaling over 700+ pages!) and we’re working to compile some initial insights to share back with the Interact community. Your input will help to better inform areas such as program design, terms and conditions, data standards, cybersecurity and more.


I want to reiterate that there will be additional opportunities to provide us with feedback and we look forward to that ongoing engagement. I cannot stress enough how important this collaboration is to the implementation of this effort.


Another avenue for dialog and feedback occurred this past week with a trip to the National Contract Management Association's (NCMA) World Congress in Cleveland, OH. I hosted a panel discussion focused on Section 846 with my colleagues GSA Senior Procurement Executive Jeff Koses, and Assistant Commissioner of the FAS Office of Policy and Compliance Mark Lee. We provided an overview of Section 846, a review of Phase I recommendations and an update regarding ongoing market research to support Phase II to an audience of industry representatives and agency acquisition professionals. We also had a chance to ask questions of the audience - which was another great opportunity to solicit feedback and to hear some of the enthusiasm from agencies as they look forward to the potential of Section 846. Thank you to those who attended, and for those who were unable, we’ve attached the presentation used at the NCMA session for reference.


Thank you again for your ongoing engagement as it relates to the commercial platforms initiative. We will be back in touch soon sharing additional information of interest to this Interact community.




Laura Stanton

Assistant Commissioner, FAS Office of Enterprise Strategy Management

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Commercial Platforms 101 briefing

Overview briefing of the Commercial Platforms initiative


Implementation Plan and Policy Assessment -
Phase I Deliverable to Congress (March 2018)


Market Research and Consultation

Phase II Deliverable to Congress (April 2019)


Directing Legislation:

Section 846 legislation (directing language)

Section 838 (amendment to Section 846)


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