Letter to the editor

Following is a response to an FCW.com poll question that asked: Do you support limiting the Defense Department's ability to buy services through the General Services Administration schedule?

It would be a shame to deny access to this efficient contracting technique. The General Services Administration method seems eight to 10 times more efficient for both the feds and bidders vs. competitive requests for proposals.

But I think the proposed rule misses the point. Who says a labor-hour or time-and-materials contract or order cannot be performance-based? Performance-based statements of work, incentives, award term and award fee terms can be wrapped into a time-and-materials/labor-hour contract.

If the Defense Department is really serious about performance-based contracting not working with time and materials, then the order should go out that no time and materials should be used for the purchase of any service, not just information technology, whether acquired through GSA schedules or direct contracts via DOD purchasing offices.

But better yet, simply require that performance-based techniques be used with time and materials, and all contracts and orders, whatever contracting technique is employed.

Name withheld by request

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