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Marketplace Tweak May Halt DOD Commercial Buying Slide

July 28, 2017, Law360

Jason Workmaster is quoted in a Law360 article regarding a legislative proposal in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the Department of Defense to purchase certain commercial items through online commercial marketplaces. “If that happens, that would be a sea change," says Workmaster. “I think it’s fair to say, from industry’s perspective, that DOD has been over the course of time somewhat resistant to commercial item acquisition, over concerns over whether it’s getting good pricing. … From my perspective, [related guidance and regulations] that the DOD has been considering really reflect a lot of skepticism about commercial items."

He adds that if the marketplace model is ultimately implemented, staff who work at the front line of government purchasing are likely to embrace it. “I think for the acquiring entities, the ultimate customers, they’ll be thrilled,” Workmaster says. “I think [for] a lot of folks within the DOD and throughout the government who are actually purchasing this stuff and using it … they would rejoice to be able to move to a system that would make it a lot easier for them to purchase without all of the panoply of rules and regulations that we’re used to when the government is buying goods and services.”

 

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