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The General Services Administration’s Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC), though known for facilitating large, complex information technology (IT) projects, is fast becoming a popular vehicle for also helping agencies meet their cloud computing and other emerging technology needs.
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Comprehensive training includes the nut and bolts of how to use the contract and the services it provides, such as Statement of Work (SOW) sample templates and the complimentary SOW reviews performed by Alliant staff to ensure that the desired work falls within scope of the Alliant contract.
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Alliant’s program staff and its contract holders are building expertise through a number of activities, such assisting GSA and other agencies with cloud initiatives and helping federal leaders create Statement of Objectives (SOO) templates for migrating services to the cloud.
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Contracting officials working on enterprise-wide IT acquisitions should always consider the Alliant GWAC before making a decision about the type of contract they will use, says Tim Fleming, GSA’s Assistant Commissioner for Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS).
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Alliant’s Shared Interest Group (SIG) of 58 industry partners is boosting significantly Alliant’s value to federal agencies through its technology and administrative initiatives.
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An interview with Mark Day, Director, Strategic Programs, Office of Integrated Technology Services, GSA Federal Acquisition Service.
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Department of Defense (DOD) organizations are increasing their use of Alliant as they become more familiar with its value and services. “There can be a lot of advantages to using Alliant, such as reduced lead time, reduced administrative costs, and ensuring that we have adequate competition,” said Mike Canales, a senior analyst in the office of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP). “And with Alliant Small Business, it’s an opportunity for us to meet our small business goals.”
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The Alliant Small Business (Alliant SB) is building on its record of success to erase doubts about small business capabilities and forge strong partnerships among federal agencies.
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The Alliant Small Business Industry Council (ASBIC) is expanding its role in promoting the Alliant SB contract and its contract holders. After the Alliant SB program was initially launched in 2009, ASBIC members focused their efforts on publicizing the new Alliant SB contract; but now they have more than one hundred contract success stories to share with agencies.
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The Alliant SB program got a boost this summer when a top Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition official issued a memo encouraging DOD organizations to use governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs) that are set aside exclusively for small business.
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