A new contract that GSA and OPM are co-developing will provide HR supoort and training services, says GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini. (Mike Morones/Federal Times)
The Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration are teaming up on a new training and management contract, according to an announcement by both agencies April 28.
The agencies signed a memorandum of understanding to partner on a joint strategic sourcing contract to offer agencies human capital and training services.
While the exact size and type of contract have not been finalized, the agencies agreed to transition from OPM’s current Training and Management Assistance contract by the second quarter of fiscal 2015. OPM canceled a $2 billion solicitation for a replacement contract on Feb. 7, more than a year into the process.
OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said the agreement combines GSA’s contract management expertise with OPM’s human resources skill and help save money through economies of scale in an otherwise tight budget environment.
“We will continue to bring excellent services to the agencies while also strategically ensuring that the process is as cost-effective and efficient as possible,” Archuleta said. “OPM will continue to provide excellent service and help agencies find the human capital and training solutions they need.”
“At a time when every agency is facing tightening budgets while also dealing with increasing demands for government services, a skilled, trained workforce is more important than ever before,” GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said. “This program will help the entire government get the HR support and training services they need and save valuable taxpayer dollars.”
The agreement means GSA will be in charge of the development of the acquisition vehicle but will coordinate with OPM on any proposed modifications. OPM will lead the review of technical proposals and the agencies will jointly market the contract to other agencies.
OPM will also share any data and lessons learned while developing and using the contract with GSA, according to the agreement.