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Uncle Sam Wants to Shop Online, Too, and Amazon Is Gunning for His Business

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is testing a new method for federal agencies to buy office supplies and other goods online, a move that could give Amazon.com Inc. and its competitors a foothold in a market worth as much as $50 billion a year.

Next year, the General Services Administration is set to contract with privately run “e-marketplace platforms,” as it calls them, making them available to other federal agencies as an alternative to existing government-run purchasing websites.