GSA Awards First Contracts For Agile BPA
WASHINGTON -- Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the awarding of the first contracts for the Agile Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA), a new contracting vehicle from 18F Consulting.
Developed by GSA ITS and 18F, the BPA creates an opportunity for members of the vendor community who specialize in agile software development to provide those services to 18F. Today, we are issuing awards in the Pool Three Full Stack (open to businesses of any size), which includes Design and Development. Pools One (Design) and Two (Development), which are small business set-asides, are still being evaluated.
From GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth:
“GSA strives to be a proactive federal partner to both agencies and the vendor community and this agile BPA is another great example of that. By allowing 18F to contract with companies that work in an agile, user-centered fashion, GSA will be able to continue transforming the way government buys digital services and better respond to the needs of customer agencies.”
Created in a truly collaborative fashion, the 18F team worked hand-in-hand with contracting officers from the Southeast Sunbelt Region in Atlanta, and going forward, task orders from the BPA will be handled by the team in GSA’s Pacific Rim Region headquarters in San Francisco.
The BPA was aimed at companies that work the way 18F does - in an agile, user-centered fashion. By finding design firms that can turn around a prototype in just a few weeks, user researchers that can survey users to provide information before an opening sprint, and developers that use open source code rather than reinventing the wheel, 18F will be able to turn projects around faster for our federal partners, saving time and taxpayer dollars, as well as creating products better focused on the end user.
18F is launching the BPA in an “alpha” phase that limits its use to 18F projects only. 18F Consulting will review the process and the results in the coming months before creating a “beta” product that will be directly available to the rest of the federal government.
To learn more about 18F’s process for creating and launching this BPA read the 18F blog post.
Agile BPA: Pool Three By the Numbers
- Number of firms that submitted to the RFQ: 88
- Number of firms awarded: 16
- Time from RFQ to Award: < 70 days
List of Pool Three Vendors:
- Acumen Solutions Inc - (Other than Small Business)
- Applied Information Sciences Inc - (Small Business)
- Booz Allen Hamilton Inc - (Other than Small Business)
- DSoft Technology Company - (Small Business)
- Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc - (Other than Small Business)
- Flexion Inc - (Small Business)
- NCI Information Systems Inc - (Small Business)
- PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Sector LLP - (Other than Small Business)
- SemanticBits - (Small Business)
- TechFlow Inc - (Small Business)
- TeraLogics LLC - (Small Business)
- Three Wire Systems LLC - (Small Business)
- True Tandem LLC - (Small Business)
- Vencore Services and Solutions Inc - (Other than Small Business)
- Ventera Corporation - (Small Business)
- World Wide Technology - (Other than Small Business)
The 16 BPAs has a period of performance from August 28, 2015 through August 27, 2020 or at the end of the Multiple Award Schedule contract period, whichever is earlier.