Agencies Increasingly Need Help With Complex Professional Services Contracts

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By Aaron Boyd, February 23, 2018 02:58 PM ET

General Services Administration contracting officers are seeing a shift in big, complicated procurements as more agencies come to the shop looking for professional services rather than IT.

Overall, the Office of Assisted Acquisition Services—which helps other agencies that either don’t have a procurement shop or don’t have the expertise to manage large, complex buys—has seen double-digit growth over that last two years and is expecting to do so again over the next two years, Tom Howder, assistant commissioner for Assisted Acquisition Services, said at ACT-IAC’s Federal Insights Exchange on Feb. 22.

Part of that growth has been due to the addition of professional services as an area of expertise. That area is now outpacing IT in growth.

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