Getting back on the $3,500-or-less horse
18F is moving forward with plans to hack procurement. The General Services Administration’s tech development shop will hold more micro-purchase reverse auctions while leaving much of the basic setup unchanged, according to a Jan. 7 blog post.
The results of 18F’s first such auction, in November 2015, vexed some participants. Staying under the $3,500 government cap to dodge onerous procurement processes, 18F asked for bids on a discrete bit of code work. The winning bid was $1, which was great for 18F’s wallet but other bidders decried it as evidence of flawed auction design.