Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs)

New - DHA's mandatory sourcing policy, where DHA has committed to using GSA's contract vehicles for their Health IT needs. See memo below.

Managed Mobility Statement of Work (SOW) - see the updated Alliant SOW templates for details.

Federal government can buy cost-effective, innovative solutions for information technology (IT) requirements through Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs).

GWACs provide access to IT solutions such as systems design, software engineering, information assurance, and enterprise architecture solutions. Small business set-aside GWACs also provide socioeconomic credit.


GSA’s premier enterprise GWAC.


Work with highly qualified, certified 8(a) small, disadvantaged businesses.

Alliant Small Business
GSA's premier small business GWAC.

Awarded to a diverse pool of service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs).


1. Attend training
Attend free training on how to use GWACs.

2. Request a delegation of procurement authority (DPA)
The DPA establishes the ordering contracting officer's roles and responsibilities.

3. Issue the task order
Follow the contract's and your agency's procedures to issue the task order.

4. Report contract actions
View instructions on reporting in the FPDS system.

5. Review past performance
Review and report your contractor's past performance.


GWAC benefits

Premier IT service providers

Access to exceptionally qualified IT service providers enabling innovative solutions at competitive prices.

Worldwide IT solutions

You can use GSA GWACs to develop IT solutions anywhere in the world.

Access to ancillary support

GWACs facilitate a total integrated solution on a single task order by providing access to ancillary support, such as products and services that are integral and necessary to an IT effort.

Save time and money with streamlined contracting

GWACs are pre-competed contracts offering a full range of contract types (all types of fixed-price, cost-reimbursement, labor-hour, and time-and-materials) to make your procurement planning. easier.

Streamlined ordering procedures save time and money in starting your acquisition. GWAC task orders can be issued in considerably less time than conventional open market procurements.

Free scope compatibility reviews

GSA can help determine whether your requirement is within scope of a GWAC within two to five business days.

Support from Assisted Acquisition Services

Assisted Acquisition Services can provide optional contracting, project management, and financial management expertise and support.

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Interagency Contract Directory

The Interagency Contract Directory (ICD) is a central repository of Indefinite Delivery Vehicles (IDV) awarded by federal agencies. The ICD assists in strategic sourcing and identifying existing contract vehicles (including those awarded to small businesses).

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Policy Memos

OMB, OFPP, DoD, and DHA policy memos endorse GWACs.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) says direct acquisitions from GSA's GWACs are "in the best interest of the government" in its June 6, 2008 memo, Guidance for Improving the Management and Use of Interagency Acquisitions [PDF - 579KB]. OMB designated GSA as the Executive Agent for our GWACs under the Clinger-Cohen Act.

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) also asks agencies to look to interagency contracts like GWACs first for efficiencies and cost savings in its September 29, 2011 memo, Development, Review and Approval of Business Cases for Certain Interagency and Agency-Specific Acquisitions [PDF - 475KB].

The Department of Defense issued a memo on July 14, 2011, encouraging the use of 8(a) STARS II, Alliant Small Business, and VETS to meet DoD’s small business contracting and information technology needs. Read the July 14, 2011 memo [PDF - 146KB].

The Department of Navy issued a memo on April 23, 2012, emphasizing the mandatory use of the GSA Alliant/Alliant Small Business for the acquisition of IT development and support services. Read the April 23, 2012 memo [PDF - 360KB].

The Office of the Secretary of Defense issued a memo on August 16, 2012, stating that the Department of Defense acquisition community is to maximize the use of all available authorities to acquire products and services from small businesses. Read the August 16, 2012 memo [PDF - 148KB].

The General Services Administration issued a memo on September 17, 2012, stating that GSA employees are required to use existing GSA acquisition vehicles before establishing new contracts for similar products or services.

Defense Health Agency issued a memo on April 25, 2016, establishing GSA's suite of vehicles to include Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) and Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) as mandatory vehicles for the acquisition of Military Health System (MHS) Health Information Technology (HIT) for both previously unsolicited and follow-on contracts/task orders, unless waived in accordance with procedures outlined herein. Read the April 25, 2016 memo [PDF - 125 KB]. 

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Last Reviewed 2016-05-06