Government Contracts FAR Rule Would Create New Acquisition 360 Solicitation Provision
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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

FAR Rule Would Create New Acquisition 360 Solicitation Provision

By Government Contracts Editorial Staff

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration are proposing to revise the Federal Acquisition Regulation to implement a standard process for obtaining voluntary feedback on various aspects of the acquisition process. Proposed changes to FAR Subpart 1.1 encourage agencies to develop internal procedures to seek voluntary feedback from interested parties using agency procedures. These changes authorize agencies to utilize a variety of feedback mechanisms that were largely developed through pilot efforts conducted in accordance with Office of Federal Procurement Policy memorandum Acquisition 360—Improving the Acquisition Process through Timely Feedback from External and Internal Stakeholders. The memorandum established the Acquisition 360 Survey tool (https://www.acquisition.gov/360), a voluntary online survey that elicits industry feedback on the pre-award and debriefing processes in a consistent and standardized manner.

Anonymous Feedback. The rule would also create a new solicitation provision, Acquisition 360: Voluntary Survey, which encourages actual and potential offerors to provide feedback on the preaward and debriefing process up to 45 days after award using the Acquisition 360 survey tool. Tailored solicitation of feedback may be more manageable and useful than blanket application, so the proposed rule provides agencies with flexibility to target specific types of requirements or aspects of the acquisition lifecycle where feedback may be most helpful to the agency and its efforts to drive continual process improvements. The feedback will be anonymous, unless the participant self-identifies in the survey. Comments on the proposed rule referencing FAR Case 2017-014 are due November 16, 2020. For the text of the advance notice of proposed rulemaking, see ¶70,006.330. For the text of the proposed rule, see ¶70,006.360.

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