NASA is calling for feedback on a draft request for proposals for the latest iteration of its popular governmentwide acquisition contract that helps agencies quickly get their hands on emerging technologies.
NASA is seeking input from industry stakeholders on a draft request for proposals for the latest iteration of its governmentwide acquisition contract designed to simplify the acquisition process for federal agencies buying emerging technologies and other IT products.
The sixth version of the NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement contract, otherwise known as NASA SEWP VI, will serve as an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract vehicle with a 10-year ordering period beginning in 2025, according to the draft RFP.
The vehicle is expected to include at least three procurement categories that cover a wide array of technology services and solutions, including both on-premise and cloud-based software products, agencywide strategic solutions and IT services designed to provide agencies with a full suite of technology offerings.
NASA said it wants feedback "on all aspects of the draft solicitation," including IT security requirements, evaluation approaches, project schedules and timelines, and other programmatic risk issues that could impact the performance of the contract vehicle.
NASA SEWP first launched nearly 30 years ago as part of an experimental effort to circumvent traditional procurement processes and more quickly provide government officials and researchers with critical IT solutions. The program has modernized over the years to provide agencies with electronic updates for the latest technology offerings and additional IT expertise to support their missions and procurement goals.
Joanne Woytek, the current program manager for NASA SEWP who helped launch the contract vehicle nearly three decades ago, previously told Nextgov/FCW that the foundation of the GWAC remains the same despite a changing technology landscape and new federal procurement needs.
"With each iteration of SEWP, we have reviewed technology trends and customer requirements and expanded the scope of the contracts to be inclusive of all IT, AV and communication products, and with SEWP IV and V, all related services," Woytek said.
Since its inception, NASA SEWP has grown into the largest federal IT contract vehicle with nearly 35,000 customers. The GWAC is expected to generate nearly $12 billion in total procurements this year alone.
NASA is requesting feedback to the draft RFP by October 2 and will host an industry day for SEWP VI on October 18 in Maryland. The agency is expected to release an official RFP next year and announce awards on May 1, 2025.