GSA SHOULD CONSIDER NON-PRICED IDIQ TO REPLACE ALLIANT II SB
When the General Services Administration announced the cancellation of Alliant II Small Business it said that it wanted to try a new, innovative acquisition approach. What better way to do that than to embrace a non-priced IDIQ contract? GSA has embraced innovation under its current leadership team on multiple fronts. The Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) program, e-marketplace initiative, and Schedules consolidation project are all attempts to make it easier for customer agencies to find what they want from GSA. Now is the time to take the next logical step. Whether a pilot or a full-fledged vehicle, GSA has the ability to take this step. There is precedent, too, for the non-priced approach with other federal contracts, including DOD Basic Ordering Agreements, in which several GSA Schedule holders already participate. Eliminating contract level pricing also allows the agency to move ahead quickly, a key factor that benefits not only the small businesses involved, but the agency as well. The time it takes to put together a large IDIQ contract is increasingly becoming a stumbling block toward their creation and delays over pricing factors contribute to the problem. Technology, competition, and the availability of other contract vehicles can all contribute to ensuring that task order level prices are fair and reasonable. We’ve been talking about non-priced contracts since 1992. It’s time to move into the implementation phase.