We all know that procurement of goods and services for the federal government is laborious. The very nature of the job is to improve the way we spend the taxpayer dollars with little risk and fast. However, 1102 procurement officers whether an apprentice or journeymen is burdened with the time it takes to maintain the integrity of systems and processes that either do not work, are not counted, or is duplicitous of other data collection systems.
Below are just 10 which do not talk to the other
1. Central Contractor Registry (CCR) -
2. ORCA -
3. Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) -
4. Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS)
5. past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS)
6. Federal Business Opportunities (fedbizops) - 7.Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation (FPDS-ng) -
8. Product Service Code (PSC) -
9. Federal Supply Code (FSC) -
10. North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) -
These systems however can be codified from 10 separate to 4 unified. Good organization and money is wasted on many inputs of the same data. To incorporate the same data into its associated system would save millions of technical maintenance and operations support dollars for all these separate systems.
I propose that the above 10 separately maintained and supported systems become a more efficient, useful, and cost effective one by codifying them into 4 systems. These four (4) systems could streamline hours of data entry for all federal procurement professionals; simplify to industry a vehicle for becoming a federal government vendor, and save millions of dollars in useless technology support and maintenance expenditures.