Federal News Network: The current approach to awarding big multiple-award contracts is broken — here’s how to fix it

“It’s been awhile since I’ve jumped back on my soap box, but after the latest news of protests delaying yet another large multiple award, governmentwide contract, it’s time to bring back the call for competition at the task order level.”

“The General Services Administration’s Second Generation IT (2GIT) services is facing four new bid protests making 13 overall since the agency launched the effort more than a year ago.”

“At the same time, GSA is facing more pressure to make a decision about the Alliant 2 small business vehicle that has been on hold for more than a year and in the works for almost five years. GSA officials have said multiple times over the past few weeks that a new information about Alliant 2 small business would be forthcoming ‘soon,’ which in government talk means anywhere from one day to six months.”

“These are just two of latest examples of why large multiple award contracts should just make getting on the vehicle as easy as possible and then let the real competition happen at the task order level.”

“Instead, agencies are dragged down by an acquisition model that is well past its prime and no longer meets the needs of today’s marketplace for many reasons…” Read the full article here.

Source: The current approach to awarding big multiple-award contracts is broken — here’s how to fix it – By Jason Miller, May 19, 2020. Federal News Network.

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