Thankfully, many government agencies held off on releasing their requests for proposals (RFPs) during the December 2022 holiday season. However, government agencies are now opening the floodgates and releasing numerous multi-billion- and multi-million-dollar RFPs in the January – March 2023 timeframe, including the 15 listed below, which represent a sampling of more than 350 bids we are tracking in the first quarter (timeframes may shift based on the agencies’ schedules). Top RFPs coming in the January – March 2023 timeframe Army Enterprise SIPR Modernization from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). It is valued at $1B. Contractor Operated and Maintained Base Supply Services for the T6ABD Texan II Aircraft (COMBS) from the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Mobility and Training Aircraft Directorate. It is valued at $2.2B. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Technical and Analytical Support Services (TASS) … Continue reading Get ready—the government flood gates are opening with 2023 bids
GSA released the Draft OASIS+ Multi-Agency Contract (MAC) RFP on November 15, and vendors around the beltway and the country are reviewing it to make their bid decisions. What opportunity does OASIS+ present? What are the challenges to getting an award? What should be considered when making the bid decision? OASIS+ upside OASIS+ presents a great opportunity for any company, large or small, to get a foot into government contracting. It represents GSA’s “next generation Best-in-Class Multi-Agency Contracts for complex non-IT services.” With six contract programs (including five for small businesses), OASIS+ covers a broad spectrum of domains—eight for unrestricted (UNR) bidders and seven for small business (SB)—and dozens of NAICS codes. Domains in the initial contract include technical and engineering, management, R&D, environmental, enterprise services (UNR only), logistics, facilities management, and intelligence. Additional domains will be added later. Contractor teaming arrangements (CTAs) may include joint ventures and traditional prime/sub … Continue reading Is OASIS+ for you?
Given the recurring problems with large multiple-award contract vehicles, the government needs to reevaluate how it bundles the purchasing of IT products and services. What started out to be Best in Class acquisitions may be turning out to be more like worst-in-class procurements. There is no denying that when the government says it is going to bundle up a major portion of the IT market and compete it through acquisition vehicles, companies will fight to the death to be one of the awardees. Bidders know all too well that if they are not a winner on these major acquisition vehicles, they will have to sit on the sidelines for the next five or more years watching their competitors participate in an exclusive club of companies who have been granted access to this market. What started out to be a strategy to streamline IT acquisitions has turned out to be anything … Continue reading Best-in-class, or worst-in-class?
The trend in Federal procurement is to award more and more work through task orders on multiple award contract (MAC) vehicles. MAC contracts go by many names: Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contracts (single award or multiple award) GSA Schedules (sometimes referred to as Multiple Award Schedules and Federal Supply Schedules) Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) MAC contracts are generally awarded based on qualifications, experience, and merit. Bidders are evaluated for past performance, quality certifications (CMMI, ISO, etc.), corporate experience, security clearances, and internal systems such as cost accounting, estimating, and purchasing. Once the MAC awards are made, specific project work is issued and funded through individual task orders (TOs). Different contract vehicles use different terms for these requests: task order request (TOR), request for task order proposal (RTOP), request for task execution plan (RTEP), task order request for proposal (TO RFP), etc. When a TO RFP is issued, the … Continue reading Best Practices for a Task Order Proposal Factory