Protesting and disputing government contract awards can appear intimidating at first glance.
In Onvia’s latest study, 10 Hotspots in Government Contracting for 2016, our market analysis team discovered that IT consulting contracts in the state, local and education (SLED) government market grew 16% in 2015 over 2014. Out of nearly 500 unique industry categories analyzed for the report, bids & RFPs related to IT consulting represent the #8 ranked area for growth in the SLED government contracting market.
Procurement transparency and dialogue were big themes at Washington Technology’s DHS Industry Day as department officials shared their thoughts on how DHS can become a better buyer and a better partner to industry.
The heated debate about Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) government contracts has followed a fairly steady script for several years, with vendors arguing that the technique is being improperly used on a widespread basis and is stymying innovation; the government replying that there is no LPTA mandate and that the issue’s somewhat overblown.
Two federal contracting groups want changes to the selection criteria in the Defense Department’s upcoming $17.5 billion multiple award IT contract.
The IT Alliance for Public Sector and the Professional Services Council aired their concerns in a letter dated April 22 to Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, objecting to the use of the “lowest price technically acceptable” (LPTA) standard in source selection in the ENCORE III multiple award contract.