This year is a big one for IT contracting.
The top dozen or so IT contracts bid out by the federal government could be worth a combined $10 billion per year over the next decade, and the single largest contract – Alliant 2 – is expected out to bid June 20.
Alliant 2 Unrestricted and Small Business contracts have a collective ceiling of $65 billion, and importantly, the governmentwide acquisition contract represents a change in how the General Services Administration approaches contracting.
In short, past performance is key, and Alliant 2 will select companies based how they rate themselves on a points-based system. GSA officials evaluate the bidders’ scores and either accept or reject their self-claimed points, reducing the load on agencies’ acquisition offices and improving speed.
Is this data-driven approach the next generation of IT contracting?
That’s one of the topics we’ll discuss June 22 at our “State of Federal IT Contracting” event at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner. Nextgov and Defense One will host Jeff Koses, GSA’s senior procurement executive – considered one of the leading drivers behind Alliant 2’s unique data-driven approach to contracting – as well as Bill McNally, assistant administrator of NASA’s Office of Procurement.
We’ll also host an analyst roundtable with Brian Friel, founder of One Nation Analytics; Arun Sankaran, managing director of Govini; and Kyra Fussell, principal research analyst for Deltek.
We’re going to keep the format highly interactive, and we’ll dive into other topics including:
- IT acquisition reform in play
- GSA’s growing impact in managing contract vehicles
- Debate around the government’s Silicon Valley push for innovation and its effects on government contracting
- A rundown of Alliant 2 and what you need to know
- A preview of what to expect from other large IT contracts and today’s changing landscape