February 05, 2021 Feature

Trust, But Verify: The Rise of Self-Scoring Evaluations in Federal Procurements

Ian Patterson

How to efficiently evaluate hundreds of proposals seeking multiple-award, government-wide acquisition contracts that will serve as the gateway for billions of federal dollars? That was the question confronting the Government Services Administration (GSA) in 2013 when developing the solicitation for its One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS). GSA’s solution was to reduce the evaluation to a points-scoring contest and have offerors score themselves. These scores would then be subject to GSA validation.

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