OFPP Keeping a Close Eye on Struggling Acquisition System Consolidation

September 12, 2012

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy and the federal chief information officer's office are paying close attention to how the General Services Administration fixes the System for Award Management (SAM).

Joe Jordan, the OFPP administrator, said Tuesday SAM is a critical piece to improving the way the government buys goods and services.

GSA launched SAM July 31 with the goal of consolidating eight acquisition databases, including the Central Contractor Registration, the Past Performance Information Retrieval System and six others. SAM immediately ran into trouble and GSA issued its contractor, IBM, a letter of concern.

GSA and IBM have added more servers and taken other steps to improve the system functionality. SAM now is in a better place.

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