3 Ways Emily Murphy’s GSA is Looking to Innovate Acquisition

“Acquisition innovation and technological innovation go hand in hand,” said Murphy, a 2018 FedScoop Top Women in Technology winner. “The priorities that I have outlined — reducing duplication, increasing competition and improving transparency — can be accomplished through several key programs and initiatives that GSA is currently working on. These efforts also directly affect and involve the federal acquisition community.”

Specifically, Murphy described three efforts underway:

Shared services - Like the cybersecurity executive order issued last year, the President’s Management Agenda leans heavily on utilizing shared services to streamline tech procurement, including standardizing what agencies will buy.

E-commerce portals - In its efforts to increase competition, GSA recently released the initial designs on a plan to create e-commerce portals that agencies can buy directly from.

Identifying innovation - Murphy also added that GSA has been in talks with the Small Business Administration to handle Phase 3 awards for its Small Business Innovation Research program, which identifies promising innovations through research and development grants.

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