My name’s Tonya Lovelace. I work for the Department
of the Interior, Interior Business Center, Acquisition Services Directorate. I’m a supervisory
contract specialist. The Acquisition Gateway is a collaboration
tool, workspace that’s shared by contracting professionals across the federal government.
And I believe it’s also a valuable tool for program offices, project managers to use.
Initially I thought the Acquisition Gateway was great. I think it’s still great. It’s
a tool that can be used by acquisition professionals across the federal government.
My favorite part of the Gateway is the prices paid information. It’s a tool that’s been
needed for a long time. Acquisition professionals struggle with determining price fair and reasonableness.
This gives them a place to start. In addition it provides market research information so
that they can develop the independent government estimates. That’s why it’s important for program
offices to be able to have access to this, as well.
In addition to the Prices Paid Portal, I think the templates and samples are a great tool.
And it also breaks everything down by category. For example, there’s a category specifically
geared towards I T, there’s professional services, there’s logistics. So it covers all the areas
that a contracting professional would need. I’d like to highlight the fact that it also
provides the opportunity for acquisition professionals to share information. I believe there’s communities
of practice where you can share your best practices and just collaborate on information
and ask questions. In the past, we struggle as a government with
getting the best pricing for goods and services. For example, if I’m a great negotiator, I
can get the best prices for my agency; however, if we share information and collaborate, for
example with the Acquisition Gateway, we can leverage our buying power and all federal
agencies will be able to share in those cost savings.
Every time I go log in there’s something different, something new. And they’ve even taken some
of the suggestions that the Frontline Forum and other users have made, and made those
changes. I would recommend that all acquisition professionals
just log in. Look around. They’re guaranteed to find something that will help them in doing
their day-to-day job.