Smaller Budgets May Force Streamlining of Duplicative Contract Vehicles

July 18, 2012

Budget cuts will press agencies to consolidate contracts to save time and money, say contracting experts.

"The government doesn't have the luxury anymore to have duplication," said Tom Sisti, a former contracts attorney at the General Services Administration and Government Accountability Office. "This may be the motivation to go through and remove duplication and bring some sort of control on the process because there's just not going to be money there and certainly industry isn't going to have the money to chase this."

Tighter budgets will mean federal procurement staffs have less money to negotiate new contracts and contractors will have less money to compete for so many contracts, said Sisti, now director and chief legislative counsel of SAP, and other experts on Wednesday. They spoke at an event for members of the Coalition for Government Procurement, an association for GSA schedule contract holders. 

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