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SEWP V, the next iteration of NASA’s governmentwide acquisition contract, should be a smooth evolution for buyers and sellers of IT. But that easy transition masks changes that could have major impacts on government IT procurement.
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From its beginnings as a simple provider of hard-to-get, high-end computers for NASA’s scientists and engineers, SEWP has grown into a contract widely admired on both sides of the procurement fence. After a sometimes fractious period, GWACs overall are gaining respect, and SEWP is leading that drive for recognition.
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Knowing how and where IT components are manufactured has become a vital need for U.S. government agencies beset by cyber-based threats. SEWP program managers are trying to write a contract that will let agencies know what risks they face with every purchase they make.
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As hard budgetary times fall on government agencies, the Obama administration is pushing for the adoption of strategic sourcing as a key way to lower agency IT costs. GWACs might not be the vehicles for that, but SEWP is trying to find a way.
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Getting details on the what and when of the IT they buy has always been a struggle for government agencies, but with both the administration and Congress pushing for more accountability, that information has never been more vital. SEWP officials have ideas about how they can provide that data and how they can help agencies better plan their procurements.
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