GSA dominates list of 10 most popular contracts

Survey finds that GSA is an indespensible, if not popular provider of procurement services

The General Services Administration catches plenty of flak. Sometimes for good reason; sometimes because the agency is an easy target.

But the results of an 1105 Government Information Group survey show that GSA is an indespensible, if not popular provider of procurement services.

As part of its annual government buying study, the media company surveyed 100,000 readers of Washington Technology and its sister publications Federal Computer Week and Government Computer News.

One question asked respondents to reveal what contract vehicles they planned to use in the coming year.

GSA captured six of the 10 spots on the list. The top 10 most popular contract vehicles are:

1. GSA SmartBuy, with 34 percent saying they plan to use it.
2. GSA Schedule 70 – 31 percent
3. GSA 8(a) STARS – 16 percent
4. Army ITES-2S --- 15 percent
5. GSA Networx – 13 percent
6. DISA I-Assure – 13 percent
7. DOD Enterprise Software Initiatives – 13 percent
8. GSA Alliant Small Business – 12 percent
9. GSA Millenia/Millenia Lite/Alliant – 12 percent
10. Army ADMC-2 – 12 percent

About the Author

Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

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Reader comments

Tue, Sep 29, 2009 Raymond Brown SyMor Solutions (Tennessee)

GSA is clearly dominant in the arena of procurement services.

Mon, Sep 14, 2009 M Reston, Va

These numbers are in fact very instructive. Many agencies are forced into using their agency's or respective departmental contracts. Still the GSA Schedules and GWACs remain among the most popular. This is because they are so flexible, comprehensive, and easy to use. Any CO can use them and put their own agency "stink" on them to the extent they truly (or politically) need to. Despite the forced use of certain agency IDIQs, these number do reveal that users actually do use and like the GSA vehicles. This makes me ask the question: Why do we need to renew the agency IDIQs? Only one of those contracts shows up in this list. It is a simple fact that proliferation of these vehicles makes industry and government costs go up. Consequently, the proliferation of these vehicles runs counter to the interest of the taxpayer. There are 3 ugly reasons for renewing these vehicles:1) Bureaucratic inertia at OFPP/OMB, 2) The persistent self-interests of bureacratic enclaves across government and industry to the detriment of the taxpayer, and 3)Industry knows the more IDIQs there are, the easier their competition. These numbers should make everyone ask where efficient government and the taxpayer's interest fits into the acquisition process.

Wed, Sep 9, 2009

Regarding most popular contracts - You apparently aren't aware of ITES-2H

Wed, Sep 9, 2009 whocares?

If the purpose of this article is to say that GSA really does matter to the rest of us in procurement (and I agree), there are better ways to make the case. These numbers are irrelevant because other than the most popular GWACS (Sewp, Ites, Ciosp) GSA contracts are the only procurement vehicles we have in common so they obviously will always come out near the top. In that respect, anything other than this outcome would speak volumes. My take on this is that GSA has faced enormous odds in providing continuing customer service given the many distractions: Safavian, Doane, OIG, and now the stalled nomination. With all that, I think they have done a good job of keeping the ship afloat, but it has nothing to do with these survey numbers.

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