Federal procurement analysts are tasked with drafting contracts, which can be a grueling process. They must gather inputs from multiple systems and stakeholders while maintaining compliance with various federal acquisition regulations. As they dig through emails and folders for information to complete multiple pages and hundreds of data fields, they often find themselves trying to interpret vague, incorrect, and incomplete data. This can include whether an address is up to date, if an award description is meaningful or not, or if contract dates are accurate.
In some cases, analysts can perform reference checks with third-party websites, while in other cases, they send emails, make phone calls, and schedule meetings to confirm the data they need. In all cases, they try to make the best decision possible with the limited information they have.
As analysts validate the new information they have gathered, they can only hope that all the information they’ve received from upstream processes have been adequately validated. As their long day comes to an end, they notice the large backlog of new contracts that just arrived in their queue, ready for tomorrow. They can think of dozens of ways to improve this process, but they believe it will require software development and data engineering resources. It just feels like it will be too complicated and take too long before they can see any meaningful improvement.