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Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)

Feb 2014 | No. 54 Government Information in a Digital Age

 
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Government Information in a Digital Age

“I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people’s lives?” — President Barack Obama

We are in a digital age — users around the world connect with each in real time on devices that we only dreamt about a few decades ago.  Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and the blogosphere have forever changed the face of customer service and engagement.  The need to deliver better services and wider access to Government data is pushing every federal agency to reevaluate how we connect with our citizens.

The road so far…

This new digital landscape presents both a unique opportunity and challenge.  For the first time we are able to effectively and quickly engage with the interested public.  We can work with the public to meet mission critical needs, innovate more with less, and leverage our available resources to improve the quality of our services.  With this flexibility comes the challenge of meeting new and changing public expectations.  The public wants, and expects, to access Government services and information at the current pace of digital innovation.  While we are not quite caught up, federal agencies are working under a common digital strategy and are devising new and innovative ways to connect the public with Government information and services while maintaining the highest privacy & security standards.

In May 2013, President Obama released Executive Order (EO) Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information.  This EO requires agencies to open Government data to the public, and ensure that these resources are accessible anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

VA Schedule Sales Query

The FSS Service is making great strides in meeting the mandates set forth in President Obama’s Executive Order.  Earlier this month we published one of our most frequently requested data sets.  The VA Schedule Sales Query houses quarterly sales data (unofficial) for the past two fiscal years and provides some basic statistical analysis for your reference.

You can analyze sales data by Schedule program, special item number (SIN) category, contractor, and business size.  This information will help you not only determine if you will be a successful Schedule contractor, but if your product offering & pricing is competitive within the current marketplace.

Upcoming Electronic Initiatives

We are very excited to announce that in the coming months we will begin accepting solicitation proposals electronically!  Electronic proposal submissions will:

  • Eliminate the costs associated with submitting a paper copy of your proposal;
  • Accelerate the receipt and assignment of your proposal to an assigned contract specialist; and
  • Promote a more efficient and timely review of your proposal.

The details of this initiative will be announced in the near future as we amend all of our current solicitations to reflect this change.