Washington Technology: Is your company ready for the prime-time of self-scoring contracts?

“This is the first of a series of three WASHINGTON TECHNOLOGY articles on the new Self-Scoring Evaluation system that is becoming prevalent as a source selection process by many federal agencies for large multiple-award and GWAC contracts. In this article, we look at the history of this type of evaluation, and the reasons behind it. We’ll also delve into the details of how this type of evaluation works. The second article provides a discussion of the pit-falls, where you might go wrong, and compliance issues. The third article will introduce tools to help speed up the proposal preparation, maximize your score, and prevent compliance issues.”

Part I – Introduction to the Self-Scoring Evaluation Process

  1. History

“The U.S. contracting rules and regulations, FARs and DFARs, are based on the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) dating back to 1984 and with origins in the 19th Century. Agencies have been trying to find ways to circumvent this old system to conduct acquisitions for new kinds of requirements and to do business with ever-evolving industries and markets.”

“In 2013, the GSA finalized its new source selection technique to select contractors for its OASIS GWAC. After winning on a protest, GSA announced its intention to use it for future opportunities as well. This technique (the self-scoring system) kept GSA from having to read and evaluate hundreds of technical and management proposals. The focus on experience and past performance simplified the evaluation process. It aimed to put together pools of the most qualified contractors irrespective of the level of their prices. This moved the price competition to the task order level…” Read the full article here.

Source: Is your company ready for the prime-time of self-scoring contracts? – By Ab Vand, May 15, 2020. Washington Technology.

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