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Jerry McGinn: Federal Government Adopting ‘All-of-the-Above’ Approach to Acquisition

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Jerry McGinn
Jerry McGinn

Jerry McGinn, executive director of the Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University's School of Business, said the federal government is implementing an “all-of-the-above“ approach to procurement as it responds to the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Business Journal reported Monday.

“They are doing [Other Transaction Authorities], they are doing contract ramping, commercial production, they are doing things like the Defense Production Act, so lots of different efforts,“ McGinn said of federal agencies. “It runs the gamut, and the idea is that we've got to marshal all parts of the broad government contracting industry to help.“

The Trump administration passed the $2.2T Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act and McGinn said the measure offers an opportunity to speed up the acquisition process through the use of OTAs amid COVID-19.

Agencies have also used blanket purchase agreements and other contract vehicles to accelerate procurements.

“We've seen lots of quick churn, 24-hour responses on BPAs and other funding opportunities where the agencies are looking to get things immediately on contract. That, in the last week, has dramatically increased,“ McGinn said.

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