A year after the president signed legislation meant to ease federal buyers into online shopping, the General Services Administration presented vendors with its current thinking on how to implement the new e-commerce portals on Wednesday. The focus, officials said, is on getting the process right, not necessarily on moving quickly.

Because of that, GSA wants to start small. Although it’s still seeking input from industry, current plans call for it to have multiple commercially-operated portals online and available for government use in a pilot stage by late 2019.

And at least in the early going, GSA would limit the portals to commercial products and services that fall beneath the government’s micro-purchase threshold ($10,000), instead of the $250,000 simplified acquisition threshold Congress allowed when it ordered the e-commerce experiment.

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