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GSA plan would let agencies buy IT, related services under one contract

Feb. 22, 2012 - 06:00AM   |  
By SARAH CHACKO   |   Comments
Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service Office of Integrated Technology Services.
Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service Office of Integrated Technology Services. (General Services Administration)

The General Services Administration will be offering a new way for agencies to buy combinations of professional services and information technology, officials have announced.

The contract, called Integrations, will allow agencies to buy multiple services needed when adding, updating or replacing technology through one vehicle, instead of piecing together services from a variety of federal supply schedules and governmentwide contracts.

"While GSA's Schedules program offers technology and other professional services on an a la carte basis, agencies have asked us to provide a total professional services solution, which often requires acquisition of multiple services across separate functional areas," Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service Office of Integrated Technology Services, http://gsablogs.gsa.gov/technology/2012/02/21/laying-the-foundation-for-integrations/">said in a post on her blog Tuesday.

Agencies spent a combined $21 billion on GSA's supply schedules for IT and professional and administrative services. The potential value of the Integrations contract is estimated at $48 billion but it has not been determined how many years that would cover, said GSA spokeswoman Cara Battaglini.

The multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract will offer program management and consulting services, professional engineering, logistic and financial services, and information technology hardware, software and supplies.

Integrations, unlike some other GSA contracts, will also allow for all contract types, including those that reimburse vendors for their costs, at the task order level. About half of all government spending on complex integrated professional services in 2010 took place under contracts that reimburse vendors for costs incurred, Davie wrote. Agencies prefer cost reimbursement contracts when there are uncertainties in how much work needs to be done on a project.

GSA will soon share with other agencies the Integrations business case for review and feedback, as required by OMB for new multi-agency contracts. OMB may decide to review and approve the business case before GSA can solicit bids on the contract to ensure the contract does not duplicate or overlap with existing contracts.

GSA had planned to solicit industry for bids on the new contract in the summer but is reviewing that timeline, officials said on the Integrations blog.

Davie will host a live chat on Twitter at 2 p.m. Feb. 29 to answer questions from customer agencies and businesses on various topics, including Integrations. Participants can chat with her at @GSA_ITS and by using the hashtag #ITSChat.

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