IRS gets PC bargains in reverse auction

IRS gets PC bargains in reverse auction

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff

MAY 17—In one of the largest reverse auctions yet, the IRS this week saved 49 percent on desktop and notebook PCs plus installation services.

On May 14, the IRS awarded a $63.4 million contract to and Dell Computer Corp. for 11,362 desktop and 16,354 notebook systems to be installed over an eight-month period, said Brian Nightingale, senior vice president of sales and marketing at PlanetGov of Fairfax, Va.

Ariba Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., a business-to-business electronic commerce software developer, conducted the online auction.

Three vendor teams made the final cut: PlanetGov and Dell, Government Acquisitions Inc. of Cincinnati bidding with Gateway Inc., and Presidio Corp. of Lanham, Md., bidding with IBM Corp. All of IRS' blanket purchasing agreement holders presented technical proposals, Nightingale said.

The prebid prices started at $130 million, said Dan McLaughlin, director of information systems acquisition at the IRS procurement office.

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