Commerce seeks small businesses for GWAC

The Commerce Department next month will award a governmentwide acquisition contract
that targets small, disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses.


The Commerce Information Technology Services GWAC will likely reach $500 million and
possibly up to $1.5 billion in five years, said Alan Balutis, Commerce’s deputy chief
information officer.


“We plan to use it a lot internally,” CIO Roger Baker said.


Commerce has divided the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract into three
technical functional areas, or lots. They are information systems engineering, systems
security, and systems operation and management.


The department spends more than $1 billion annually on IT hardware, software and
services.


The department this year estimates $459 million of its IT budget will go toward
services.


Commerce deputy assistant secretary for administration Linda Bilmes pushed the idea of
a small, disadvantaged business GWAC.


And Commerce Secretary William M. Daley has made it a priority to increase
opportunities for small businesses in the department, Baker said.


Vendors have until March 26 to respond to the request for proposals.





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