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Open Dialogue on Improving How to Do Business with the Federal Government

We are looking for ideas on how to streamline and make other improvements in the way businesses of all sizes work for and with the U.S. Federal government.

Deadline for participation - May 5, 2014

The purpose of the dialogue is to discuss improvements to the Federal contracting process. Through this platform, we will gather ideas and proposed improvements that can be accomplished through executive (regulatory, administrative, or management) action, as well as potential legislative proposals (new laws). The open dialogue is focused around three topics (campaigns). Each campaign is a unique aspect of the Federal contracting process for which we welcome your insight, ideas, and feedback.

Please remember to check back frequently to comment on or share thoughts on emerging ideas and identify those you believe to be most impactful.

  • Campaign 1: Reporting and compliance requirements

    Currently, the Federal Government requires businesses to fill out a lot of complicated paperwork to do business with us. We know we can do better. We want to know what you are seeing – where can we reengineer paperwork and systems, eliminate duplicative reporting, reduce the frequency of reporting, and/or change outdated requirements?
  • Campaign 2: Procurement rules and practices

    We know entities doing business in the private sector have best practices and we’re anxious to learn about and replicate in the Federal Government wherever possible. We want to hear about innovative approaches to contracting that align with your business practices.
  • Campaign 3: Participation by small and minority businesses, new entrants, and non-traditional government contractors

    We know many businesses lack the resources and expertise to participate in the Federal marketplace. We welcome feedback – especially by entities that are not participating in Federal contracting – to understand what steps we can take to make your participation possible.

Popular Ideas

Extensive Data Collection Requirements

Community Member

Issue: Extensive data collection requirements via the Federal Acquisition Regulation combined wit...

Net Votes: 93 Number of Comments: 4

Burdensome Ordering Procedures for BPAs

Community Member

Issue: The overly complex, burdensome ordering procedures for the establishment of Blanket Purcha...

Net Votes: 69 Number of Comments: 1

Contract Duplication

Community Member

Issue: Contract Duplication. Across the federal enterprise there has been an explosion in the num...

Net Votes: 64 Number of Comments: 7