Open contracting in the U.S.

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Guidance note:
3 steps on how to implement open contracting and help U.S. businesses access the federal market

Commitment to support open contracting in the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, September 2016. New commitments.

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The U.S. has made the following commitments supporting open contracting and generally follows open contracting principles. In 2016, both at the U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue and the UK Anti-Corruption Summit in London, it has pledged to work towards implementing the Open Contracting Data Standard — a schema for sharing timely, reusable open data on public contracting. The U.S. Government will also promote the standard in international fora, such as the G20 and OGP anti-corruption working groups.

The federal government, which is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services, offers some good examples of open contracting practices. They include:

But there are also opportunities for improvement. Without the Open Contracting Data Standard, it is currently difficult to link pre-award and post-award data. ,Also, important procurement documents are not publicly available, including proposals, the actual contract, and both  solicitations and award notices for orders under “indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity” (IDIQ) contracts;

 

We are suggesting the U.S. government take three steps toward more efficient and open contracting.

Step 1: Ensure the solicitation number is entered into USAspending.gov.

Step 2: Export from USAspending (or FPDS) to OCDS.

Step 3: Export from FedBizOpps to OCDS.

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