Contract Consolidation: All You Need to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask

Christopher Wiedemann_headshot-65 x 85by Chris Wiedemann, Senior Analyst

SomethingContract that we’ve all heard about over the last few years, and particularly in the last year or so, is a trend toward contract consolidation. Consolidation efforts aren’t targeted at IT only, but are being put into practice across the entire government. Acquisition personnel and business owners are pointing to duplicative contracts and inadequate procurement methods as a major driver of unnecessary government spending and inefficiency. The solution, we’ve been told, is consolidation of common requirements into larger contract vehicles, like multi-agency contracts (MACs) or government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs); this would enable the government to buy smarter
and focus more on achieving mission needs. There are some data points that seem to indicate consolidation is in the works – more and more bids are being received for each MAC task order, for example, and we’re also seeing much more competition for small business set-asides.

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CDM Task Order Draft RFPs are Being Released

Ray Miles_65x85by Ray Miles, PMP, Alliance Manager

Agencies have already begun implementing the initial phase of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program under blanket purchase agreements (BPA) that were awarded in August 2013. The General Services Administration (GSA) is the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) partner in offering CDM products across government. DHS oversees development of overall agency requirements while GSA oversees procurement, operation, and maintenance.

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ACES in the Hole: NASA’s Troubled Infrastructure Contract

Tomas OKeefe_65x85by Tomas O’Keefe, Senior Analyst

A recent NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report has criticized the agency’s handling of its major end-user computing services contract, the Agency Consolidated End-User Services (ACES) effort. The ACES contract is one of several efforts meant to consolidate NASA’s IT acquisitions, collectively known as NASA’s IT Infrastructure Integration Program (I3P). The OIG report has found that NASA lacked the institutional controls necessary to manage an enterprise IT initiative and calls in to question many of the other I3P contracts as well.

Two main reasons why NASA’s programs have been troubled include:

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