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.
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Government tech chiefs see challenges in management and ownership aspects of cloud contracts, while security concerns persist.
The Department of Defense has awarded the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) with the Verdure Award for innovative and proactive approaches in promoting the use of small businesses in SPAWAR acquisitions throughout fiscal year 2015.
Representatives of the tech industry are showing public support for legislation that would establish a $3.1 billion revolving fund to help federal agencies upgrade aging and obsolete IT systems.
The $3.1 billion revolving IT fund proposed by the White House would jump-start the projects most in need of funding and would not preclude other investments, federal CIO Tony Scott said.