Nextgov: Advocacy Group Asks Biden Administration to Consider 7 Reforms for Governmentwide Contracts

“A white paper penned by the Alliance for Digital Innovation was sent to the White House, Office of Management and Budget and contract managers at the General Services Administration—which manages several GWACs including 8(a) STARS, Alliant and VETS—NASA—which manages the Solutions for Enterprisewide Procurement, or SEWP, GWAC—and the National Institutes of Health—which houses the NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, or NITAAC, and its three GWACs: CIO-CS, CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business, with the latter contracts about to enter their fourth generation…”

“While GWACs were established to offer a stable set of buying options, most are working to incorporate innovative and cutting-edge technologies, including those not yet on the market. But, according to Matthew Cornelius, executive director of ADI, the vehicles aren’t properly set up for this.

“The white paper offers seven recommendations for improving the GWAC ecosystem:

  • Focus on the most relevant evaluation criteria, advocating in the letter for a “show, don’t tell” method to demonstrate useful solutions, rather than relying on traditional metrics like company size and past performance.
  • Reduce administrative burdens, including requiring unnecessary accounting procedures and third-party certifications like the Capability Maturity Model Integration. The letter also warns against moving forward with “requirements that are not ‘fully baked,’” citing the Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.
  • Expand industry engagement, particularly with vendors new to the federal contracting space.
  • Leverage commercial use cases and give those greater weight than past performance on federal contracts.
  • Improve onboarding and offboarding to bring on a continuous stream of innovative solutions as new offerings and hew legacy and underperforming vendors to eliminate clutter.
  • Create training programs to support new entrants, similar to GSA’s FedRAMP Ready program, which helps vendors get started with the process of applying for a provisional authority to operate.
  • Revise the philosophy of teaming agreements and joint ventures to better serve medium-sized vendors and not penalize companies for not teaming…” Read the full article here.

Source: Advocacy Group Asks Biden Administration to Consider 7 Reforms for Governmentwide Contracts – By Aaron Boyd, June 22, 2021. Nextgov.


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