GWAC Achieves “Best In Class” Designation by OMB

August 04, 2021

In late July it was announced that the 8(a) STARS III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) achieved “Best In Class” (BIC) designation by the Office of Management and Budget. The designation denotes contracts that meet rigorous category management performance criteria. BIC designations must meet five key criteria: Rigorous requirements definitions and planning processes Appropriate pricing strategies […]

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Industry Calling on NITAAC to Reassess CIO-SP4

July 15, 2021

With its $50 billion ceiling and 10-year lifecycle, the industry was eagerly awaiting the CIO-SP4, a system designed to revolutionize government acquisition contracts. Instead, the National Institutes of Health Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) is facing a backlash due to the last-minute changes to the RFPs. Two trade associations are now calling for NITAAC to […]

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GSA Tells Companies Next Steps in STARS III

July 08, 2021

Starting in late April, the General Services Administration began reaching out to companies in the competitive range to let them know next steps in the procurement process. Agencies use the governmentwide contract to buy a variety of IT products and services from qualifying 8(a) small businesses. According to an article by, Companies who received […]

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NDAA Passed by Congress Despite Veto by Trump

February 01, 2021

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was passed by Congress on January 1st in an 81-13 Senate vote to override Trump’s veto. Trump’s effort to veto the bill was strongly opposed by lawmakers as many argued his objections were unrelated to national defense and instead focused on repealing section 230 of the 1996 Communications Act. […]

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GSA Implements Section 876 Increasing Competition and Access to Commercial Markets

September 23, 2020

In August, the General Service Administration (GSA) released two pieces of information regarding Section 876. On August 14th the “GSA issued the ASTRO solicitation for manned, unmanned, and robotic platforms.  ASTRO marks the first use of the Section 876 authority by the agency.” In addition to ASTRO “GSA issued a Federal Acquisition Regulation deviation implementing Section 876 […]

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