Multiple award contracts

  • Part 2: Unique needs, high fees propel increases in agencywide contracts

    DHS, VA say they need their own multiple award contracts because they want vendors who are familiar with their processes and requirements. Others say agencies want the ”glory” of running large procurements and are unhappy with GSA’s fees. GSA is trying to address the perception of poor customer service as a way to bring more agencies into the fold.

  • Industry group encourages DoD to use GSA

    Coalition for Government Procurement sends a letter to DoD Secretary Gates asking him to stop the military from developing new contracts.

  • New interagency contracts now require business cases

    The FAR Councils issued an interim rule requiring changes to the use of and oversight of interagency contracts. OFPP reports that agencies spent $52 billion on multiple award and GWACs in 2009. The new requirements will help get that spending under better control, the councils say.

  • Agencies must justify large contracts to 8(a) firms

    The FAR Councils are adding a new set of controls to contracts worth more than $20 million going to vendors in the socioeconomic program. This interim rule is in reaction to problems that surfaced last year when 8(a) firms were passing most of the work under the award to large businesses. Agencies also have new requirements to determine the order of priority for small business programs, around multiple-award contracts and when to use other than firm-fixed price contracts.

  • Agencies must justify large 8(a) contracts

    The FAR Councils are adding a new set of controls to contracts worth more than $20 million going to vendors in the socioeconomic program. This interim rule is in reaction to problems that surfaced last year when 8(a) firms were passing most of the work under the award to large businesses. Agencies also have new requirements to determine the order of priority for small business programs, around multiple-award contracts and when to use other than firm-fixed price contracts.

  • OFPP promises to tame interagency contracts

    OFPP administrator Dan Gordon told a Senate committee that a new rule to add more oversight to multi-agency contracts should be out soon. Agencies wanting to develop new multiple award contracts will have to justify them before going forward. OFPP is also trying to use strategic sourcing to take advantage of the government’s buying power.

  • OFPP’s Gordon not stymied by bumps in the road to acquisition reform

    Despite pushback on some issues by industry, Dan Gordon listens to input from all sides as the Office of Federal Procurement Policy continues to follow its own path to reform the acquisition process. The OFPP administrator said his office is close to issuing new guidance around business cases for multiple award contracts and a final rule redefining inherently governmental jobs.

  • Multiple award contracts

    Bloomberg Government Federal Business Analyst Brian Friel talks about why multiple award contracts have become so popular and where the government market is headed. July 24, 2012

  • VA, GSA each pushes major IT acquisitions to next steps

    The Veterans Affairs Department will award a $5 billion IT hardware contract in the next two months. GSA will release a request for information for cybersecurity tools in the coming days. Both are examples of a healthy and busy fourth quarter for acquisition.

  • $20B in Defense MAC’s & e-health records stand up to Sandy

    On this week’s Capital Impact show, analysts examine multiple award contracts at the Defense Department and how e-health records helped patients during Hurricane Sandy.