GSA Awards Six Share-in-Savings BPAs
July 15, 2004
Contact: Viki Reath (202) 501-1231
WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today awarded six Share-in-Savings (SiS) blanket purchase agreements (BPA), worth up to $500 million each.
SiS contracting is designed to provide industry incentives to develop creative technology solutions to meet agency needs. It is an ultimate performance contract. SiS requires contractors to finance some or all of the initial investment, then recover that investment over time from a share of the resulting benefit pool. Typically, SiS contractors are paid only from the share of the savings or revenue their work generates.
The six SiS blanket purchase agreements, which end Sept. 30, 2005, were awarded to:
- Accenture LLP of Hamilton, Bermuda.
- American Management Systems (AMS) Inc. of Fairfax, Va.
- Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) of Chantilly, Va.
- International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. of Bethesda, Md.
- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) of Falls Church, Va.
- Systems Research and Applications (SRA) Corp. of Fairfax, Va.
“We established the Share-in-Savings BPAs based on customer demand,” said Karl Reichelt, GSA’s Chief Acquisition Officer. “The fact that they are multiple awards will ensure that our agency customers get the best deals possible.”
The SiS BPAs advance the President’s Management Agenda goals to create a modern, citizen-centric, electronic government, helping agencies to consolidate systems, advance e-gov initiatives, re-engineer business processes and improve technology efficiency and effectiveness. Agencies may conduct SiS procurements in-house or receive support from GSA contracting officers.
“The new Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule and the acquisition vehicles will be invaluable to agencies that have struggled with how to conduct SiS procurements,” said Karen Evans, Administrator for Electronic Government and Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget. “Having the ability to access pre-qualified industry partners with strong track records with SiS implementations will help launch many under-funded programs, including some e-gov initiatives.”
Possible applications include the Office of Personnel Management’s e-payroll, the Environmental Protection Agency’s e-manifest, along with system consolidation requirements at the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security.
The July 2 proposed FAR Rule, which provides government-wide SIS implementation guidelines, is open for comment through Aug 31. SiS guidelines include a seven-step process, similar to the performance contract process; references to the e-tools for business case development and proposal evaluation and a focus on openness and collaboration.
GSA is a centralized federal procurement, property management, and policy agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. It acquires, on behalf of federal agencies, office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies and services. GSA also plays a key role in developing and implementing government-wide policies. GSA’s 13,000 associates provide services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers located in more than 8,000 government-owned and leased buildings in 2,000 U.S. communities.