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GSA's FEDSIM MAIQ IT Contracts Log Outstanding First Year

GSA #9380

January 22, 1997
Contact: Bill Bearden
(202) 501-1231

The U.S. General Services Administration announced today that first year returns on its Federal Systems Integration and Management (FEDSIM) Program Multiple Award Indefinite Quantity (MAIQ) contracts show they are a huge success.

"These highly regarded information technology contracts provide streamlined, responsive acquisition support across the full spectrum of federal IT requirements," according to Charles Self, acting assistant commissioner of the Federal Telecommunications Service, Office of Information Technology Integration. In the first year of operation, orders valued at more than $280 million were placed under these contracts.

Through the use of streamlined task ordering and award procedures, and innovative processes such as oral proposals and presentations, FEDSIM has significantly reduced the time and cost to award competitive task orders for complex information technology requirements, Self said. While FEDSIM has pioneered the use of MAIQ contracts for several years, FEDSIM officials worked closely with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) to ensure that the latest FEDSIM multiple award contracts would take full advantage of the innovations authorized under the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA).

During the first year, 20 task orders were awarded on a competitive basis with an estimated value of $280 million, Self said. The time to award averaged less than 30 calendar days with an average cost of less than $18,000. This is an 80 percent reduction from prior methods in cost and time to award. Private sector vendors had similar reductions in proposal costs.

A recent example of a successful award is FEDSIM's $52 million task order to support the communications environment at the U.S. Naval Shipyard, Puget Sound, WA. This project consists of installing 30 routers, 200 concentrators, 8 miles of fiber optic cable and 150 miles of copper cabling which will support over 6000 workstations and 200 servers. This equipment will be installed in a campus consisting of 93 buildings spread over 1,300 acres. Additionally, Wide Area Network services will be provided to multiple remote sites. This competitive task order was awarded in less than 40 calendar days.

The following are examples of procedures used under the contract to reduce the time and cost of making task order awards:

Streamlined (cost and technical presentations from each offeror)
Two Step (technical presentations from each offeror, cost proposal from highest technical offeror)
Oral presentations (typically one hour followed by a question and answer session)
Provide vendors with cost estimate (allows vendors to propose best technical solution within fiscal constraints)
Provide vendors with evaluation factor weights (the source selection plan; allows vendors to make more informed cost vs. technical skills trade-offs)
Reduced number of evaluation factors (in most cases key personnel qualifications and staffing profile are the only two factors)

FEDSIM awarded eight multiple award, indefinite quantity contracts in December 1995 to the following 8 Prime Contractors:

Advanced Technology Systems, Inc.
Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc.
Computer Sciences Corporation
Dynamics Research Corporation
Science Applications International Corporation
Systems Research and Applications Corporation
J.G. Van Dyke & Associates, Inc. (Small Business)
VGS, Inc. (Small Business)

These contracts cover one base year, plus four option years with a maximum order limitation of $840 million.

These MAIQ contracts provide services in the areas of software management, communications systems support (LAN/WAN), satellite communications systems, FIP acquisition support, business process reengineering, and systems integration for federal agencies worldwide.

For additional information call the Office of Information Technology at (703) 756-4300.

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