After pulling back the awards announced in October to deal with a slew of protests, NASA's Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP) V contract is back, with 84 companies making it onto the GWAC under the final award, announced Wednesday.
The contracts announced include 36 suppliers of computer-based systems (Group A) and 48 for networking, security, video and conferencing (Group D).
The SEWP program office pulled back the awards late last year to respond to detailed protests.
"We dealt with a few directly, went looking at the other ones and realized we needed to do a clarification," Program Manager Joanne Woytek said in a recent interview with Federal Times. "So we pulled back the awards at that point in time and rather than trying to respond via protest, we are going through an updated selection."
The rereleased awards include four more contracts than the original release.
"SEWP V contracts streamline the process of providing federal agencies with state-of-the-art tablets, desktops and servers; IT peripherals; network equipment; storage systems; security tools; software products; cloud-based services; video conferencing systems; and other IT and audio-visual products; as well as related services such as installation, training and maintenance," the SEWP program office said in a release Wednesday.
The GWAC currently offers the lowest fee of any large IT procurement vehicle, at a fixed 0.39 percent.
The contracts have a $20 billion ceiling and a 10-year ordering period with an optional five-year add-on.
Aaron Boyd is an awarding-winning journalist currently serving as editor of Federal Times — a Washington, D.C. institution covering federal workforce and contracting for more than 50 years — and Fifth Domain — a news and information hub focused on cybersecurity and cyberwar from a civilian, military and international perspective.