The first two groups of SEWP V vendors announced were for Computer Based Systems (Group A) and Networking/Security/Video and Conference Tools (Group D). The initial award announcement comprised 56 contracts, 23 for Group A and 33 for Group D. A total of 43 companies received awards, as several companies received awards from both groups. Announcements for the vendors under the remaining groups are expected to be forthcoming.
Update: On October 10, 2014, NASA awarded 41 contracts under SEWP for Server Support Devices/Multi-functional Devices (Group C).
In a recent interview, SEWP program manager Joanne Woytek shared that the average buy through SEWP IV has been around $120,000, but purchases range from $5 up to $100 million. SEWP IV has been one of the most heavily used GWACs, and the expectation for even greater popularity of the next iteration contributed to the higher ceiling value for SEWP V. Top government customers buying through SEWP IV include Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, Justice Department, the Navy, and the Air Force.
New products and services and increased pool of vendors, which the program office will spur competition and deliver lower prices to government buyers. Additionally, lower fees for agencies make the use of SEWP even more enticing for government organizations. In fact, the service fee associated with using the contract continues to hold the lowest fee for any governmentwide acquisition contract, even as it decreases from 0.45 percent to 0.4 percent.
Contracting through SEWP V is expected to kick off on November 1, 2014. Meanwhile none of the current contracts, which run through October 31, 2014, are expected to reach the $5.6 billion ceiling value. More information on trends, drivers, and implications across SEWP and other task order vehicles is available through our recent Federal Information Technology Task Order Vehicle Trends report, which explores Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) vehicles used to procure IT goods and services.