Aiming to bring contract timelines for government technology projects down from years to months, the General Services Administration’s 18F has been trying to make the federal buying process easier for companies selling digital services.
But the Agile Blanket Purchase Agreement, announced last January, is having trouble getting off the ground, according to NextGov. Multiple protests have been filed with the Government Accountability Office by companies who were not awarded a spot in GSA’s pre-approved list, stalling the process of the effort that is meant to make procurement move faster for government.
Regarding one of the cases that is still open:
According to GAO, GSA was not required to suspend activity on the BPA, but appears to have done so voluntarily. GSA declined to clarify why it had halted progress, but provided this statement: “We look forward to the quick resolution of this protest so that we can offer the great benefits of this BPA to federal agencies and pass on efficiencies and savings to the American taxpayers.”
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