SEWP IV Takes Leadership Role in Federal Acquisition
An experienced program office serves SEWP customers well
With nearly 20 years of experience helping federal agencies acquire IT hardware and software, the SEWP IV program office is pursuing a stronger leadership role in helping shape government acquisition policy and assisting agency leaders in developing their IT strategies.
The SEWP I program was launched in 1993 as the first federal GWAC, and program officials have been in the forefront of many innovations that have improved IT procurement. “Programs like SEWP were trendsetters in streamlining IT procurement,” said Alan Bechara, President of PC Mall Gov Inc., who described IT acquisition as “extremely slow and painful” through the early 1990s. “Many of the things we take for granted in programs today were brought about by the successful policies and procedures of SEWP and similar programs.”
SEWP IV’s focus on leadership is expressed in the program’s new Vision Statement, which says SEWP “will be a visible, leading contributor to NASA and the Federal IT Acquisition Community.”
SEWP IV officials recently created a Program-Level Outreach Team that works with agency Chief Information Officers and other IT leaders to help them with their IT buying strategy.
And the program is participating more actively with the Office of the Management and Budget, Government Accountability Office and others government organizations to collaborate in tackling issues such as strategic sourcing, acquisition regulations and reform, saving money, and other acquisition challenges.
“We are taking a proactive role and looking to assist them wherever they need us,” Woytek said.