OMB WALKS FINE LINE ON REQUIRING USE OF SPECIFIC CONTRACTS

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By Larry Allen, 9 July 2018

Contractors and acquisition policy leaders have argued for years that there are “too many” Multiple Award Contracts (MAC’s).  The cost of bidding, managing, and maintaining overlapping contract vehicles weighed contractors, and several government agencies, down.  Everyone welcomed a move toward trimming vehicles.

Now that we have it, however, via OMB’s Best-in-Class initiative, not everyone is singing the same song.  Industry, correctly, points out there appears to be little objective reasoning on what constitutes a BIC vehicle, save for low prices.  That’s hardly the sole factor to rely upon, as recent lessons with LPTA acquisition proved.  Popular contracts at the VA and Army have been consolidated or are being phased out in favor of BIC’s.  The idea of consolidation is always easy to support until it’s your pet vehicle on the chopping block.

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