GSA, 18F award first series of agile software contracts
August 28, 2015
New "agile marketplace" blanket purchase agreement marks a key step toward teaming with vendors for faster software development.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
With the CIO-SP3 Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts now awarded, Robert Coen, acting director of the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, said his office is focused on education and outreach to the entire federal government.
“We want to make sure government customers understand that any and all IT requirements can be fulfilled through the use of either CIO-SP3 or CIO-SP3 Small Business,” Coen said in an interview with FedScoop. “The two IDIQ contracts are valued at $20 billion a piece, and support everything IT as defined by the Federal Enterprise Architecture, the Department of Defense Enterprise Architecture and the Federal Health Architecture.”
CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business GWACs enable government agencies to purchase information technology solutions and services from a pre-qualified group of vendors. Utilizing task orders issued directly by the agency and fair opportunity competition, GWACs streamline the acquisition and deployment of large-scale IT program requirements.
The 10-year contracts, awarded last year after a lengthy acquisition process, are extremely flexible, offering customers the ability to fulfill IT requirements in modular increments while incorporating performance-based features. CIO-SP3 Small Business also enables agencies to more easily fulfill their socioeconomic goals.
Broad in scope, each contract includes 10 task areas: IT services for biomedical research, chief information officer support, imaging, outsourcing, IT operations and maintenance, integration services, critical infrastructure protection and information assurance, digital government, enterprise resource planning and software development.
“We want people to know that CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business are options for the entire federal government,” Coen said. “Customers can quickly and easily find IT services that fit their needs at the best cost.”
Coen said NITAAC’s next big undertaking will be the follow-on to the Electronics Commodity Store III products and related services contract, which expires on November 25 of this year.
ECS III offers computer hardware and software that allows government users the ability to configure systems for their specific needs. Hardware, software, maintenance, training, and documentation are available to satisfy agency's desktop computing needs. ECS III also provides network equipment and accessories to meet the needs of any federal agency's LAN/WAN infrastructure. In addition, it provides UNIX-based workstations and support equipment to meet a broad range of computational requirements.