Contracting

GSA agile RFP expected this week

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The General Services Administration is set to release a request for proposals for a blanket purchasing agreement for agile services delivery vendors in the coming days.

"We're expecting it to come out this week," said Mary Davie, GSA's assistant commissioner for integrated services technology services at the Federal IT Acquisition Summit in Washington, D.C., on June 2. In remarks to reporters at the conference, she declined to provide many details on the imminent RFP, but said it would be released in FedBizOpps and would be a multiple award vehicle.

The effort stems from GSA's digital development group, 18F, partnering with ITS in the winter to establish a government-wide BPA that featured vendors specializing in agile delivery services, such as user-centered design, agile software development and DevOps.  

In a January post on GSA's Interact site, the agency said the goal of the proposed BPA would be to decrease software acquisition cycles to less than four weeks from solicitation to contract, as well as expedite the delivery of a minimum viable product within three months.

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Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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