Unpriced Schedule May be in the Future

July 6, 2016

A future where price is no longer a factor for many RFPs

Source: Federal News Radio, Jason Miller, June 13, 2016GSA logo

The General Services Administration first brought up the concept of having an “unpriced” schedule a year or so ago.

The idea is to evaluate vendors for their capabilities, past performance and overall skillsets, and not on their prices. And then let the price competition happen at the task order level.

This concept would be a huge change in the federal market where price has always been a factor in the evaluations of bids.

But the recent success of government wide multiple award contracts such as OASIS, and the acceptance of a similar approach for the recent $11.5 billion Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTS) procurement and the soon-to-be released solicitation for Alliant 2, there is a growing recognition that this may be the future of federal contracting for multiple award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity vehicles.

The reason for the optimism about this major change comes from several factors. GSA’s success is one. Add to that, the Defense Department submitted a legislative proposal to Capitol Hill to remove price as an evaluation factor, and there is language supporting this concept in the 2017 Defense Authorization bill currently working its way through Congress, said Alan Chvotkin, senior vice president and general counsel at the Professional Services Council. READ MORE….

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