In one of the most dramatic steps to date in shining a light on the conduct of firms that do business with the government, the General Services Administration will open its Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System - otherwise known as FAPIIS - to public scrutiny within the next three months, GSA's Senior Procurement Executive Joseph Neurauter said in an interview on Thursday.
"This is a good thing because it gives more transparency," said Neurauter, who also serves as GSA's suspension and debarment official.
The new public site, Neurauter
said, will be searchable and user-friendly.
While much of the information available in FAPIIS is already publicly available on myriad federal websites, the data has never before been comprehensively assembled for public viewing.
On Monday, Jan. 24, an interim rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register informing the contractor community that FAPIIS data soon will be made public, Neurauter
Other information also could be withheld based on pending litigation, according to Neurauter
"We can't mindlessly put things in there," he