Deltek report finds agencies increasingly relying on IDIQs

Federal agencies are increasingly relying on IT task order contracts to accomplish technology and policy goals including consolidating spending, implementing emerging technologies and increasing the utilization of small businesses, according to a new Deltek report.

The report, named Federal Information Technology Task Order Vehicle Trends, shows that federal agencies have spent an average of 50 percent of IT dollars on task order contracts from 2010 to 2013, Deltek said in a release.

This is good news for contractors, as IDIQs can provide a more predictable scope of work as well as a potentially longer-term revenue stream than other types of contracts. The fact that holding a position on a task order contract allows contractors access to agencies is also a benefit, though competition for task order contracts has increased because of this, Deltek said.

The report also found that increased reliance on task order contracts has both lengthened pre-RFP timelines due to the need to develop more in-depth requirements and also has caused agencies to increasingly seek to renegotiate prices through recompetes and consolidating contracts.

The full report can be found on Deltek’s GovWin website.

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