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16 Nov: Amid explosion in DoD’s use of OTAs, myths abound

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) Other Transaction Agreements have been around since the days of the Space Race. But until recently, OTAs, which almost entirely bypass the government’s usual procurement rules, had been a little-used feature of the acquisition system. At least in the case of the Defense Department, it’s not a small niche anymore. Since the 2015 Defense…

15 Oct: Unhappy Bidders Claim CIO-SP4 Unfairly Favors Small Firms With Big Business Partners

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The $50 billion CIO-SP4 contract vehicle’s small business portion is moving forward and leaving some unhappy companies in its wake. Some companies have learned they failed to make the cut for phase 2 of the selection process. CIO-SP4 is the National Institutes of Health’s flagship government-wide vehicle for IT products and services.For this fourth…

21 Sep: Federal agencies racing to spend billions by Sept. 30

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The annual “Christmas in September” spending season is well under way, with billions of dollars that that need to be allocated before the government’s fiscal year ends Sept 30. The need to spend may be especially acute this year as supply chain issues and Congress’ habit of passing continuing resolutions instead of new budgets,…

19 Aug: GSA Increases Ceiling for Alliant 2 Contract

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The U.S. General Services Administration is increasing the ceiling of its Alliant 2 contract by $25 billion, bringing the ceiling to $75 billion. Alliant 2 is GSA’s premier enterprise Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) which provides customized information technology (IT) services and IT services-based solutions to the federal government. As a best-in-class contract, Alliant 2…

21 Jul: GSA un-pauses Polaris small business RFP

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The General Services Administration has restarted the process for its Polaris government-wide IT solutions contract vehicle and reopened the portal for submitting proposals. In a pair of SAM.gov notices Thursday, GSA said it also has given bidders a new submission deadline of Aug. 10 after a pause over nearly three months to re-evaluate the…

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