GSA Pilot Program Tests Federal Supply Chain Oversight Process; Sonny Hashmi quoted
The General Services Administration conducted a pilot test of a new monitoring process for the GSA advantage! procurement platform with the goal of protecting federal buyers from suppliers and bids that pose a risk to the government’s supply chain.
The GSA said Tuesday it found approximately 75,000 products from unauthorized sellers on the government procurement website through the use of data from the Verified Products Portalwhich went live in 2020 and is used by original equipment manufacturers to submit supplier authorization and product content details.
The agency encourages wholesalers in the manufacturing and wholesale industries to update product representation for off-the-shelf commercial products that are available to the federal government.
“We have reduced the risk of customers purchasing counterfeit, fraudulent or otherwise illegitimate products,” said Sonny Hasmicommissioner of the GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service and past recipient of the Wash100 award, the highest honor in all government procurement (GovCon).
“This promotes fair competition in the federal marketplace and improves our customers’ ability to buy with confidence.”