DoD Covid-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force introduces FedMall as resource for PPE
On Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15, the Department of Defense's COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), in coordination with interagency partners, hosted a virtual information day regarding current and future demand for personal protective equipment (PPE).
The goals of the online sessions were to provide current and potential suppliers of PPE an understanding of PPE requirements from across multiple sectors of the economy, including the U.S. government and trade associations representing medical and non-medical industry. A dialogue was also facilitated between industry and the government regarding how current investments in domestic production may be supported by government and industry's long-term planning for consumption of domestically produced PPE.
The webinar was aimed at current and potential domestic producers of PPE (end-items as well as sub-tier suppliers of material) and consumers of PPE, namely major industry trade associations and hospital and medical network representatives.
A highlight of the program was the overview of FedMall,
. FedMall provides commercial-like, e-Commerce purchasing for not only Department of Defense agencies, but can also be accessed by other federal state and local governments, and even DoD contractors under Contractor Logistics Support Agreements.
FedMall offers a staggering 63 million items for purchase, including National Stock Number (NSN) items, commercial contract and "Marketplace" commercial items. FedMall "Marketplace" supports market-driven competition with dynamic pricing, ability for vendors to upload catalogs and allowance for GPC card purchases under the micro-purchase threshold. While US Military customers account for 70% of FedMall sales, the system supports 37 thousand active customers, with orders valued at $312 million placed in fiscal year 2019. In a great example of government and business partnership, the FedMall Program includes a development team of around 55 government contractors.
Small business government contractors also have the opportunity to purchase non-medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) so that they can continue supporting government missions. New suppliers have been identified so as not to disrupt the existing DLA supply chain for non-medical PPE. Items are hosted in "Marketplace" and order subject to the micro-purchase threshold are placed via government purchase card or corporate credit card. Currently, the site is hosting 12 suppliers with 234 items available for purchase. Offerings include cloth face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, protective gowns, gloves, face shields, thermometers, signage and other social distancing aids for the workplace.