Information for agency partners
Any federal agency may only obtain services through an assisted acquisition engagement with 18F.
The Agile BPA is 18F's contract vehicle to acquire development, design, and full-stack teams to help work on 18F-managed projects. This is part of 18F's efforts to increase our capacity to help agency partners do great work, through using agile processes to transform the way the federal government buys and builds digital services.
How working with the Agile BPA is different from typical contract vehicles
18F is your partner during the process
When you purchase services via the Agile BPA as an agency partner, 18F will be part of the process, rather than your team working directly with a vendor.
After your initial intake discussions with 18F, there will be a few main steps for using the Agile BPA:
- Execute an Interagency Agreement (IAA) between your agency and 18F.
- 18F will conduct a project acquisition workshop.
- 18F will acquire one or more Agile BPA vendors.
- 18F will work with a point of contact from your agency to collaboratively manage the vendor's post-award delivery of the product.
An important difference between the Agile BPA and most other traditional IT services contract vehicles is that we make the procurements themselves reflect agile development. We plan to issue task orders — consistent with the TechFAR — that feature shorter time-frames, smaller dollar amounts, and user-centered design principles. In other words, Agile BPA purchases will tend to be much smaller and more modular than most contracts.
How 18F hires vendors for the Agile BPA
Through the Agile BPA, 18F hires vendors with labor categories ranging from Backend Web Developers to Visual Designers to Content Strategists. We use novel ways to select vendors: the most important thing for us is the ability to develop user-centered and high quailty working software. More about how we work with vendors.
Full-stack pool three vendors:
Acumen Solutions Inc
Applied Information Sciences Inc
Booz Allen Hamilton Inc
DSoft Technology Company
Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc.
NCI Information Systems Inc
PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Sector LLP
Three Wire Systems LLC
True Tandem LLC
Vencore Services and Solutions Inc
World Wide Technology
Right now, we're managing inquiries the same as other prospective 18F projects via our intake team. Agencies should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with information about their problem or project. As we learn more about how to work with other agencies on the BPA, we will refine the process.