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GSA Announces Partnership to Improve Federal Acquisition Process

Public/Private Team Seeks Ideas on How to Use New Media Tools

GSA #10646

October 26, 2009
Contact:  Judy Boysha, 202-501-1231

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration, along with two not-for-profit partner organizations, wants ideas for using new media to improve the federal acquisition process.
The goal of the Better Buy Project is to use collaborative technology to make the federal acquisition process more open, transparent, and participatory.
The Obama administration has encouraged federal agencies to use emerging social media platforms to share information and generate discussion on key issues. In that spirit, the Better Buy team is inviting the public to submit ideas for improving the acquisition process at The website also allows people to comment and vote on others’ submissions. GSA will select promising ideas and pilot them in upcoming acquisitions. 
“The federal acquisition process represents one of the most important and complex areas of collaboration between government and the private sector,” said Assistant Commissioner Mary Davie of the Office of Assisted Acquisition Services, who is leading this effort for GSA. “By increasing transparency and openness in the process, we can potentially reduce costs to both the government and private sector, ultimately allowing government to deliver more value to taxpayers.”
The Better Buy Project is a joint initiative of GSA, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s Acquisition Management Shared Interest Group.  
You can join the discussion at


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