GSA delivers huge IT opportunity to 43 small businesses

IT product contract should grab millions in new business

Just in time for Christmas, another huge government contract has come down the pike.

This time, it is a blanket-purchase agreement for commodity IT products. The General Services Administration has named 43 companies as winners of the contract, which will be used to buy tablets, mobile products, monitors, video teleconference equipment, laptops, desktops, notebooks, netbooks and data center equipment, GSA said in a statement.

Each year, about $1.7 billion worth of these products are sold through GSA, the agency said.

All of the winners are small businesses, including women-owned, disadvantaged, veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned companies.

GSA is touting the procurement for its streamlined processes, which will allow the vendors to add new products within 24 hours; however, lowering costs is the primary driver of the contract, as well as increasing opportunities for small businesses, GSA said.

“The savings for government agencies, and the opportunities for small business, are substantial when you consider GSA sells an approximately $1.7 billion annually in IT products,” said Mary Davie, acting commissioner of the GSA Federal Acquisition Service.

The agency said the contract is an example of strategic sourcing, and should drive the costs of these kinds of computer products.

The contract is being administered by the National IT Commodity Program, and has a base period of performance of one year, with two one-year options.

Click here for a list of the winners divided by product category.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

Reader Comments

Fri, Dec 14, 2012

I am a 30 year Vet (2 tours in Vietnam & in Afghanistan in 2010 as a civilian) as well as having owned 2 Small Businesses and I've NEVER competed using any special categories although I have won SB set-asides. My feeling is if I can win against ALL the competition because I'm the "Best Value," then I don't want the work. I belive all work should be awarded through Full & Open competition!

Fri, Dec 14, 2012 Marcelle Green Columbia, MD

This is a great opportunity. Not only has the GSA established a mechanism to increase total cost savings, but it has also helped small businesses to gain new opportunities and even expansion. Gives a little hope in the contractor world when the "budget cut" talk comes up.

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