DHS contracts in line for evaluation

All new professional services contracts worth more than $1 million will be reviewed, including PACTS

As the Homeland Security Department takes a rigorous approach to checking for inherently governmental functions in contracts, perhaps the biggest program in line for evaluation is the $1.5 billion departmentwide Program Management, Administrative, Clerical and Technical Services (PACTS) contract, said Jeremy Potter, a senior analyst at Input, a market research firm.

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PACTS is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract set aside for companies owned by service-disabled veterans. However, it’s not clear if DHS will review the contract as a whole or the individual task orders awarded under PACTS, Potter said.

DHS’ review will examine all new professional services contracts worth more than $1 million. The goal is to identify inherently governmental work and core functions that should be performed in-house by federal employees.

If DHS includes task orders, the other two professional services contracts are in line for review, Potter said.

DHS officials are still developing the review criteria and are not releasing any additional details at this time.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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