Accession Number : ADA359866

Title :   Acquisition Reform: NASA's Internet Service Improves Access to Contracting Information.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA359866

Report Date : FEB 1999

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : In response to the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) of 1994, we reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Acquisition Internet Service (NMS) Specifically, we determined whether NMS was an effective mechanism for disseminating procurement information to industry, including small businesses. In addition, we identified the status of efforts to develop a governmentwide electronic procurement information system similar to NMS. In 1993, NASA began an initiative called the Midrange Pilot Program for procurements between $25,000 and $500,000.2 The purpose of the program was to test new processes and tools to streamline the acquisition process while maintaining or improving the quality of procurements. A key objective of the program was to develop and test an alternative to paper documents as the primary means of communicating procurement information to prospective contractors. After researching available options, NASA chose to implement an Internet-based electronic procurement notice and publication system, which ultimately became NAIS.

Descriptors :   *ACQUISITION, *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *PROCUREMENT, *INTERNET, INDUSTRIES, COMMERCE, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, INFORMATION TRANSFER, DISTRIBUTION, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, QUALITY, PILOT STUDIES.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE