DOD Approves Use of NITAAC Contracts
The Department of Defense is one of the largest agency users of NITAAC’s government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs), accounting for 25 percent of total spending under CIO-SP2i and 40 percent of ECS III spending. “DOD is a huge customer. They have a lot of health IT projects, but also a lot of other general IT projects as well,” said Robert Coen, NITAAC Deputy Program Director.
The CIO-SP contract is used by organizations throughout DOD, including all the military services, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Southern Command, Pacific Command, Defense Information Systems Agency, TriCare Management Activity, Defense Business Transformation Agency and Defense Security Service.
The Department of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) office has approved the NITAAC government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs) for use by DOD organizations. In addition, DOD has a current Memoranda of Agreements (MOA) with NITAAC, and has issued a strategic sourcing directive, to assure and even encourage Defense agencies to use the NITAAC GWACs when it is advantageous to do so. In July 2011, for example, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics issued a memo listing CIO-SP3 Small Business as one of several contracting vehicles that DOD agencies should use “to maximize small business prime contracting opportunities.” In April of 2012, the Department of the Navy issued a similar memo emphasizing the mandatory use of NITAAC GWACs, among others, as “the first source of consideration for the acquisition of IT Development and Support Services.”
Defense contracting personnel are sometimes uncertain of DPAP policy and are reluctant to use non-DOD contracts, NITAAC officials said. “The MOA make clear that DOD supports the use of these contracts and provides reassurance to DOD buyers that it’s okay to use the NITAAC contracts,” Coen said.