GSA Administrator Emily Murphy Provides Important Updates to NVTC Board
There was a packed house at the Sept. 10 NVTC Board of Directors meeting to hear GSA Administrator Emily Murphy provide an update on several GSA priorities, including the Federal Marketplace (FMP) Strategy, supply chain security, cybersecurity, and IT modernization. Currently GSA is managing $68 billion in contracts which is a 23 percent increase over last year and they have uncovered $6.8 billion in savings. NVTC Board members commended recent GSA IT infrastructure changes under Administrator Murphy’s guidance that have modernized and simplified the government buying and selling experience for customers, suppliers, and acquisition professionals.
One important change coming to the Federal Marketplace on October 1st
is the consolidation of the agency’s 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS)
into one single Schedule for products and services with
easy-to-understand terms and conditions. This is part of GSA’s
initiative to modernize federal acquisition. For those member companies
working under multiple schedules, Administrator Murphy assured members
that GSA will work with you to combine them. One Schedule means greater
efficiencies as you will no longer have to manage contracts across
Administrator Murphy also announced the 2020 Federal Acquisition
Service Training (FAST) Conference for federal employees and industry
that will be held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center April
14- 16th. More information and registration can be found here.
Administrator Murphy’s presentation was followed with a lively
Q&A that covered a range of subjects including operational
efficiencies, FedRamp, the possible merger of GSA and OPM, and the need
for more solutions for mid-tiered companies.