NASA Releases SEWP V Draft RFP

Published: February 28, 2013

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Every government agency has made at least one purchase through National Aeronautics and Space Administration ‘s (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) . The current version of SEWP runs through April 2014, and the program office is preparing to release the draft solicitation for SEWP V.

The Government-Wide Enterprise Acquisition Contract (GWAC) draft request for proposals (RFP) for SEWP V is expected to be released before March 2013. Industry comments and inquiries will be due by April 12, 2013. Then, this summer, final solicitation is expected to be issued.

Update: The SEWP V draft RFP was posted March 4, 2013. NASA will host an industry event on March 11, 2013, scheduled from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST. Registration is on a first come first serve basis and may be accessed here.

Based on the previous version of the contract and material that has been released, we can expect that SEWP V will award multiple commercial firm-fixed price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. Competition in SEWP IV aligned to four groups across two different categories, as shown below:

Each of the groups has specific requirements and functional tasks that must be met by the products (and product-based services). According to the Joanne Woytek, the SEWP Program Manager, of the thirty-eight SEWP IV contract holders, seventeen were small businesses. The 70 federal agencies, boards and organizations using the SEWP GWAC result in around 25,000 orders annually. At around of $90,000 per order, the contract vehicle averages $2 billion in reported spending each year for the past three years. The estimated total, maximum ordering value of SEWP IV was originally valued at $5,600,000 for each contract. Due to the SEWP IV spending trends, the follow-on contract is expected to have a similar or higher value.

Update: According to the released draft, the performance period for SEWP V contracts has been extended and the ceiling value has increased. Interested vendors are encouraged to comment on all aspects of the Draft Solicitation. For more information visit GovWin IQ Opportunity ID: 82396.

As vendors look for opportunities amidst spending cuts and budget pressure, aligning offerings for vehicles like SEWP may be one strategy for maintaining market share.