Federal Agency Spending via Simplified Acquisitions in Pennsylvania - Contract Award Types

The SCIIF team and some of our partners will venture to North Central Pennsylvania to facilitate a half-day education and training program on May 7th, hosted by the good folks at North Central PTAC. After the Pre-Workshop Breakfast, hosted and sponsored by my friend Ed DeLisle, Principal and Chair of the Government Contracting Group at Offit Kurman (who is hosting and sponsoring several of our Ethical Stalking for Government Contractors 2-Day Bootcamps this year), we'll offer up a comprehensive discussion called the Finding and Winning Simplified Acquisitions Workshop.

This blog series is dedicated to providing information about spending where Simplified Acquisitions are the purchase method and Pennsylvania is the place of performance.

How's your knowledge when it comes to contracts and contract vehicles used in federal contracting? Do you know the difference between a Task Order and a Purchase Order? Understand why it matters? We'll cover that during the May 7th workshop with the North Central PTAC. For now, here's a look at what award types were used in obligating $850M in streamlined purchases. The based on the percentage of the total spend each Award or IDV (Indefinite Delivery Vehicle) Type accounted for:

  • Basic Ordering Agreement/BOA* (4%)
  • Blanket Purchase Agreement/BPA** (7%)
  • Definitive Contract (8%)
  • Federal Supply Schedule/FSS* (-9%)
  • Government-Wide Acquisition Contract/GWAC* (0%)
  • Indefinite Delivery Contract/IDC* (6.5%)
  • Purchase Order (74%)

In short, contract vehicles represent less than 20% of the obligated dollars where Pennsylvania is place of performance. This indicative of IDV use in the bigger picture of the $25B in Simplified Acquisition spending in FY2018. The prevalence of dollars to Purchase Orders is also representative of overall Simplified spending and the use of RFQs versus RFPs by agencies, decreasing the administrative burden for them and vendors.

In the next entry, I'll present information about the use of the GSA SmartPay Purchase Card.

 *includes obligations to Delivery and Task orders.
**includes obligations to BPA Calls.

NOTE: The use of multiple-award contract vehicles represents less than 2% of the total spend.

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