Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer at the Department of Homeland Security, details the EAGLE Next Generation portfolio, and how they are moving some contracts from internal to external vehicles.
Starting next year, the Department of Homeland Security will shift its IT contracts from their in-house EAGLE 2 acquisition vehicle to government-wide contracts. The EAGLE Next Generation portfolio aims to reduce duplication and simplify the buying process at DHS. Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer at DHS, said that they went through a process to determine which contracts could move to GWACs, and which should stay in-house. “We had to look at the products and services that we typically buy. How much of it do we buy and how much do we currently do under generic vehicles like Alliant or EAGLE 2. So that we can decide those are the things that are pretty common that can go over there,” Correa said. “And then the things we know that are unique… perhaps we have legacy systems that require some level of integration, that might need a special portfolio of contractors to support us. We took a look at our spend, which is what we are supposed to be doing across the federal government to determine what best fit under those vehicles.” Correa says that in order to make sure DHS is going to get good results from the EAGLE Next Generation portfolio, they are maintaining open communication with the components. “We are monitoring the procurements that are going through. In some cases, I’m inviting components in to talk to me about the procurement strategies for certain vehicles or why they feel the need for a separate vehicle or why they can’t use an Alliant or EAGLE 2,” Correa told Government Matters. “The idea is, let’s have that conversation. Again, I do challenge, I ask questions, and I think that’s healthy.”