GSA Chief Emily Murphy May Make Task Order Data More Transparent
Emily Murphy is contemplating making information on all multiple-award contracts public in the name of transparency. At present, only companies with spots on the solicitations can see relevant solicitations and awards, which offers business intelligence and a competitive edge on the federal market. In 2016, GSA spent over $110 billion through 2,600 multiple-award contracts.
Murphy has had conversations with both the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Governmentwide Policy. She is currently waiting for the Federal Acquisition Service to deliver options that might offer some greater transparency. According to Murphy, “This needs to be addressed not just in the microcosm of the GSA schedules…. We need to be looking across government and making sure we are not disadvantaging the schedules program versus other programs, and we are not putting our vendors or our customers at a competitive disadvantage.”
Transparency is only one of four goals Murphy has set for her term running GSA. Read more here.