Alliant and AAS frequently a good fit
Contracting officials working on enterprise-wide IT acquisitions should always consider the Alliant GWAC before making a decision about the type of contract they will use, says Tim Fleming, GSA’s Assistant Commissioner for Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS).
Fleming should know. AAS has worked closely with Alliant on more than one hundred task orders in AAS’s role providing agencies with pre- and post-award acquisition support services. Since the Alliant contract was awarded in 2009, about 58 percent of its business—$5.1 billion in task order awards—has come through AAS. “We support a broad spectrum of DOD and civilian customers with IT services, and so people come to us with a wide variety of projects and needs,” Fleming said. “Alliant has tremendous flexibility to support those requirements, with multiple contract types including firm fixed -price, time and materials, and a wide range of cost contracting options.”
With its 350 employees worldwide, AAS provides agencies with acquisition management, project management, and financial management on information technology and professional services projects. A fee-based service, AAS oversees a $4.3 billion portfolio of projects within GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service. As part of their acquisition management services, AAS officials may help agencies find the right contracting vehicle, such as Alliant.
Agencies that use Alliant do not have to use AAS if they want to manage their projects themselves. Similarly, agencies that use AAS do not have to use Alliant as their contracting vehicle. “At AAS, we are contract agnostic,” Fleming said, explaining that AAS considers a wide range of vehicles, including an agency’s own vehicles. “We are going to find the best solution to support the customer’s requirements.
But when Alliant is identified as the right vehicle, as is frequently the case, the Alliant and AAS organizations have a strong partnership that enables them to work well together. “We have folks that have worked in both organizations, and so we each have the expertise needed and a good understanding of both programs,” Fleming said. “AAS and Alliant have formed a strong partnership based on a shared mission providing complete solutions to complex challenges facing federal agencies.”
As examples of the complex and far ranging IT work that AAS has acquired through Alliant, he pointed to:
• A $440 million task order awarded to ARINC Engineering Services, LLC, to provide Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah with a wide variety of IT support services, including systems integration,
• A $55 million task order awarded to Smartronix Inc. to provide Eglin Air Force Base in Florida with mission critical IT system support under a cost-plus contract.
• A $1.114 billion task order to Northrop Grumman Information Technology Inc. to provide the Department of Homeland Security with wide ranging support under the agency’s Enterprise Networked Support Services program.
“Regardless of the project or concerns that a customer presents us with, we take into consideration all GSA solutions. But when it comes to high-risk and complex IT projects we always look to and consider Alliant because it has tremendous range and flexibility,” Fleming said.