Information for vendors

We awarded for the full-stack vendor pool, and we have chosen not to award the design and development pool.

We work a bit differently than most government software development projects. Learn more how we work with vendors on Agile BPA task orders.

Future iterations

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How we chose this round of vendors

In June 2015 we issued a Request for Quotation (RFQ). The eBuy number for the RFQ was RFQ993471.

This RFQ required vendors currently on GSA Schedule 70 who want to be on the Agile Delivery BPA to compete among three pools: Pool One is a design pool (a total set aside for small business), Pool Two is a development pool (also a total set aside for small business), and Pool Three is a full-stack pool (unrestricted). Vendors work on 18F projects for our partner agencies.

We asked vendors for a demonstration of their software development capabilities as part of the proposal evaluation. Doing it this way not only helps yield high-quality vendors, but also reduces how much "bid & proposal" expense companies have to incur. This requires very little, if any, in the way of written responses, unlike the typical case.

We awarded a BPA under GSA IT Schedule 70. The BPA was competed among existing vendors on Schedule 70 and orders made by 18F on behalf of their partner agencies. We only awarded the full-stack pool, and not the development or design pools.

Small business friendly

Small businesses are the drivers of economic growth in the U.S. Agile methodologies encourage work to be done in small, rapid, independent increments. When combined with modular approaches to contracting, this opens up a whole new world of contract opportunities for small businesses. For example, rather than compete work as one big, long contract (e.g., $50M over five years) that typically only large businesses can execute on, break it into multiple smaller, shorter-duration contracts. This has the effect of leveling the competitive playing field for not just small companies, but businesses of all sizes.