Original Date: 09/15/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Internet Acquisition Initiatives
A rapid growth has occurred in the number of uses of Government sites on the Internet that provide information or can be utilized to make a DOD contracting office more efficient. These sites include question/answer forums; labor rate determinations; “how-to” information; regulations and procedures; latest information on acquisition reform; and actual processing of purchasing actions.
Tooele Army Depot’s (TEAD’s) Contracting Office used many of these sites to increase efficiency in the purchasing area. A process has been developed and implemented to assure that buyers in the contracting office are aware of the capabilities offered by various sites. When a potentially useful site is identified, it is assigned to someone to investigate its utility and report to all office personnel how it can be accessed and what benefit it can provide. A report date is established, and a running log of sites, including report status, is maintained.
Several Internet sites were identified as being of particular value to the contracting office:
The Commerce Business Daily (CBD) site (http://cbdnet.access.gpo.gov) is used for the electronic advertisement and submission of purchase requirements that were traditionally submitted through regular mailing. This submission through CBDnet eliminates the ten-day waiting period for mailing and has reduced annual CBD costs by $2,800 (from $18 to$5 per publication).
Davis Bacon and Service Contract Act wage determinations as established by the Department of Labor (http://www.acqnet.sarda.army.mil/) can be accessed and documented in a matter of minutes compared to the previous practice of submitting wage rate requests to the Department of Labor 90 days in advance of contract award.
The Army Acquisition web site (http://www.sarda.army.mil) provides up-to-date information on acquisition reform initiatives and is a stepping stone to other related acquisition sites.
The Defense Acquisition Deskbook (http://126.96.36.199//) provides a reference library and a question and answer forum.
TEAD’s method of analyzing new sites for applicability, and then promulgating the uses throughout the contracting office, are very effective in implementing new acquisition methods. Methods such as these, in conjunction with the use of the Internet, are valuable to the Government and contractors for staying abreast of the many changes involved with acquisition reform.
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