Federal Information Technology Task Order Vehicle Trends

Published: August 27, 2014

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Deltek’s Federal Information Technology Task Order Vehicle Trends report explores the trends, drivers and implications of task order vehicles used to procure IT goods and services.

Deltek anticipates that task order vehicles will continue to play a prominent role in the current IT contracting environment, with implications for longer contract lifecycles and greater use of preferred vehicles to achieve broader policy objectives.

Key Findings

Federal agencies are under continuous pressure to maximize productivity and mission success while controlling cost and improving efficiency in both IT operations and acquisitions. As a result, agencies have increasingly looked to task order contract vehicles to provide the flexibility and purchasing power they need. Deltek predicts these vehicles will continue to have a strong market-shaping influence on federal IT acquisitions for the foreseeable future as agencies seek to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, balance priorities and leverage technologies to meet mission objectives.

Significant implications of ongoing use of task order vehicles include:

  • Pre-RFP timelines will continue to lengthen due to more in-depth requirements development, compliance activities and bid protests.
  • Smart allocation of Bid and Proposal dollars at the contract and task order level continue to be critical.
  • Agencies will seek to reduce costs by renegotiating prices during recompetes and consolidating contracts.
  • Positioning on preferred IDIQs and BPAs is critical in emerging areas like cyber, health IT, big data, and cloud computing.
  • Agencies’ desire for competition translates into more opportunity to unseat incumbents.
  • Agencies small businesses utilization efforts offer opportunities to leverage those relationships.

Critical Insight for Vendors

Deltek’s Federal Information Technology Task Order Vehicle Trends report takes a strategic view of the market forces influencing the use of these acquisition vehicles and their impacts on federal IT procurements. Looking at the environmental factors behind these vehicles and how they are structured, this analysis examines the resulting trends by profiling specific vehicles and the most widely used contracts at the top 14 federal agencies across IT market segments.

The report will help federal IT contractors:

  • Understand the contracting and policy drivers fostering the use of task order contract vehicles to procure IT goods and services.
  • Identify the implications on large and small contractors doing business with the federal government.
  • Gain insight into the IT task order contract buying patterns of the top 14 federal agencies.
  • See historical spending on IT task order contracts to help identify areas of risk and opportunity.
  • Identify tactics for maximizing task order contract opportunities.
Deltek's Federal Information Technology Task Order Vehicle Trends report is delivered in PowerPoint® format. The report package also includes a PowerPoint® Executive Briefing, and an Excel® workbook.
  • Purpose of This Report
  • Scope and Methodology
  • Budget Landscape
  • Management Challenges
  • Policy and Legislation
  • Task Order Contract Structure

    - Factors in Establishing the Contract Framework

    - Factors in Task Order Competition Framework

    - Factors Influencing Agency Task Order Contract Selections

  • Task Order Contract Spending: A Historical Perspective
  • Lengthening Contracting Lifecycles


  • Contract Streamlining for Easier Management and Cost Savings

    - Profiles: T4, SEAPORT-e, RS3, SITEC II

  • Shaping Task Order Contracts to Support Policy and Technology Goals

    - Profiles: CIO-CS, SEWP IV, CDM BPA, Iaas/SaaS Email BPA

AGENCY ANALYSIS (Defense Components and Top 10 Civilian Agencies)
  • Top Contracts Overall, by Company Type, and by Market Segment
  • Preferred Task Order Contracts: FY 2015 and Beyond
    • Defense Agencies
    • Army
    • Air Force
    • Navy
    • Health & Human Services
    • Homeland Security
    • Justice
    • Transportation
    • Veterans Affairs
    • Treasury
    • Commerce
    • NASA
    • Social Security Administration
    • State
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Contract and Program Acronyms