Decentralized databases and procurement problems


Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs contracting oversight subcommittee, plans to dive into the way federal agencies track government procurement data at a hearing scheduled for Sept. 29.

In a news release today, McCaskill’s office said the hearing will “assess the problems of the decentralized and cumbersome systems presently in place, and discuss current plans to develop a new platform for integrating these systems to ensure that goals of efficiency, transparency, and accessibility are met.”

The Federal Acquisition Regulation Council recently published a proposed rule to fulfill congressional mandates to integrate data from the Federal Procurement Data System, Past Performance Information Retrieval System and the Excluded Parties List System in one database. The idea is to make it easier for contracting officers to gauge whether a contractor is a responsible to do business with by having the information available in one place.

Vivek Kundra, the federal Chief Information Officer; William Woods, acquisition and sourcing management director for the Government Accountability Office; Adam Hughes, federal fiscal policy director for OMBWatch; and Trey Hodgkins, vice president for national security and procurement policy at TechAmerica are scheduled to testify.

And this FedLine Blogger/Federal Times reporter is scheduled to attend.


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