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VA official orders halt to reverse auctions — Federal Computer Week

This makes you wonder what impact this will have on other agencies and their use of reverse auctions, as well as the recent investments by Ted Leonsis and Steve Case in FedBid? – GovConChannelChief

The Veterans Affairs Department ordered its Veterans Health Administration contracting offices to stop using reverse auctions until further notice, according to a recent memo from a senior official. The memo, provided to Federal Computer Week by an unnamed source, comes only months after the VA announced how much money the auctioning had saved the department.

via VA official orders halt to reverse auctions — Federal Computer Week.

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2 thoughts on “VA official orders halt to reverse auctions — Federal Computer Week

  1. As someone who through funding from the government’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development or SRED program perfected an algorithm-based reverse auction tool that was used to drive significant savings year-over-year for the Department of National Defence, Frye’s concern about an abdication of oversight of the bid process has a great deal of merit.

    In fact, and while some will point to the dissatisfaction of suppliers as a key driver behind the VA’s decision to suspend the use of reverse auctions, it is in fact this declining level of active involvement through the assimilation into the provider’s solution-driven process that poses the greatest threat.

    The question is to whom?

    Therein of course rests the key to this developing story. (http://wp.me/p4HrB-334)


    Posted by piblogger | March 8, 2012, 09:25


  1. Pingback: Will FedBid’s new red-yellow-green rating system for reverse auctions leave contractors with the blues? – GovConChannel Editorial « GovConChannel - March 31, 2012

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