Department of the Interior(DOI) Listening Session- Improving Procurement Processes
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM) (EDT)
Please join the Department of the Interior (DOI) for a listening session regarding barriers that underserved communities and individuals may face in taking advantage of DOI procurement and contracting opportunities. DOI seeks to improve its procurement processes to better engage with underserved communities. As part of implementing Executive Order 13985: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, DOI is interested in your feedback on the barriers that underserved communities in business face with respect to contracting opportunities, as well as recommendations on how DOI can address those barriers.. DOI invites members of underserved communities and their representatives to join us for an interactive listening session to provide feedback to enable DOI to update processes, policies, regulations, and guidance to address inequities in its procurement and contracting opportunities. Some questions to consider in preparation for the session include: Have you applied for or accessed procurement and contracting opportunities with DOI in the past? If so, please describe what you liked and did not like about the process. If not, why not? What would have made it easier for you to apply or access procurement and contracting opportunities with DOI?What are the barriers to applying for procurement and contracting opportunities with DOI? How can DOI remove or reduce barriers (e.g., update policies, practices, or programs) that underserved communities and individuals face when they participate or attempt to participate in agency procurement and contracting opportunities? How can DOI establish and maintain connections to a wider and more diverse set of stakeholders representing underserved communities? How can DOI better share information with underserved stakeholders about procurement and contracting opportunities? What are the best ways to notify and engage underserved stakeholders about new opportunities? Those who wish to provide additional written input or are unable to attend a listening session are encouraged to submit comments online later this month at www.regulations.gov (enter DOI-2021-0009 in the Search bar to find the docket). DOI hopes these listening sessions are a start to conversations that result in developing ongoing relationships and facilitate, regular, targeted discussions with underserved communities to advance equity and access to contracting and procurement programs. You can find more information on the upcoming listening sessions below and on our website www.doi.gov/ppa/equity/13985. General questions can be directed to: DEIA@ios.doi.gov.