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Beyond GWACs: Growing demand for fewer vehicles

Reader sentiment on whether the expiration of contracts such as Millennia and Answer is the end of an era has been divided, judging by the comments on my last blog post.

Some readers think the news generated by Assistant Commissioner Ed O’Hare at the Top 100 conference is actually old news.

Mike D. wrote: “The end of the era started 4 years ago when Alliant was but a hoped for award - there may have been a delay but the end game was never in doubt.”

Others thought we made too big a deal of O’Hare’s comments. “[Governmentwide acquisition contracts] era ending? Yeah, in ten years when GSA lets Alliant expire,” wrote one. 

“M” made a very funny dig at our story's headline: “I heard GSA is also going to let the year 2009 expire. Is this the end of years? Sure, there will be a new year - 2010. But I think the headline should be GSA to Phase Out Years! or The End of Years!”

Other more serious comments though supported the idea that there are too many GWACs, whether or not you want to call it the end of an era.

“Consolidation of GSA contracts, including GWACs, is appropriate portfolio management,” wrote Rodney Longfellow.

Others also complained about the number of contracts and the cost to contractors of bidding and supporting all of those vehicles.

Check out the comments and add to the debate and remember to click on "See all comments."

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Jun 29, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Reader Comments

Mon, Jul 27, 2009

GWACs are approaching the end of their usefulness, but it's not because the market has decided there are too many. Through legislation and legal precedent they have lost most of the advantages that made them more attractive than one-off competitions. For more, read my blog entry on the subject at http://govcontoday.deltek.com/2009/07/end-of-gwac-era.html.

Tue, Jun 30, 2009

Too many GWACS ... only if they are all held by the same few companies - how many GWACS with the same kind of work does SAIC or General Dynamics need to be on - any number greater than one is wrong! GWACS that vet the capabilities of mid-size/small companies would be a cost effective service.

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