Aaron Boyd, senior editor of NextGov, details what’s new with the FBI’s Information Technology Enterprise Contract Support contract, and the growing use of general GSA schedules at agencies.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is revisiting their new IT services contract. While it was originally on track to be awarded in March, the partial government shutdown introduced some setbacks. After some time on the drawing board, the new Information Technology Enterprise Contract Support contract has a draft RFP expected by the end of April. Aaron Boyd, senior editor of NextGov, says that the contract is moving to a GSA schedule, something that’s becoming popular across the government. “This isn’t a new idea, but there does seem to be a real movement in that direction… the Pentagon’s DEOS contract [is] a huge back-end cloud contract that is going to be going through GSA,” Boyd said. “I think the move now is we’re seeing the schedule offerings mature enough. We’re seeing enough understanding at the various agencies about what those offerings are and they’re seeing that the market itself has coalesced enough that where they say ‘All the options are here, everything we need is on the schedules. If we go off and do our own competition, we will probably just get more of the same.’”