Reverse-auction bid process draws criticism at House hearing

12/18/2013 | Government Executive

Critics of the Veterans Affairs Department's reverse-auction contracting process told a House joint committee that the method puts small contractors at a competitive disadvantage, uses a single company to run the auctions and can diminish quality of work on construction projects. Reverse auctions account for only 5% of VA contracts, totaling 7,587 auctions worth $305 million in fiscal 2012, and "when used appropriately, save money and time," said Jan Frye, deputy assistant secretary at the VA. Frye said that 79% of the fiscal 2012 contracts were awarded to small businesses.

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