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March 28, 2018

The fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill (HR 2810) was enacted on December 12, 2017 (PL 115-91). The provisions included in Sec. 846 (“Procurement Through Commercial E-Commerce Portals”) restructure the process by which Federal agencies acquire more than $50 billion in commercial off the shelf (COTS) products annually.  The General Services Administration (GSA) is directed to establish a program for their procurement through commercial online e-commerce portals.  GSA is to “carry out the program … through multiple contracts with multiple e-commerce portal providers …” Implementation of the program is to occur in three phases over a period of two years and three months, with phase one occupying the first 90 day period.

On March 15, 2018, the phase one implementation report and schedule was submitted to the six congressional committees specified in the statute (the armed services, governmental affairs, and small business committees of both houses), and included legislative language proposing statutory changes to the provisions of Sec. 846. The members of the NAW COTS Online Procurement Working Group, initially organized in the spring of 2017 to address this issue, are now in the process of evaluating the GSA phase one report and the legislative language accompanying it.  An effort to enact the GSA-proposed legislative changes is expected to be undertaken in conjunction with Congressional consideration of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

The NAW working group will remain in business throughout the implementation process.

The NAW-led working group will remain “in business” throughout this process.