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Blanket purchase agreement based off of GSA IT Schedule 70
In keeping with its mission to transform the way the federal government builds and buys digital services, 18F set out to find a new way of procuring digital services: at the speed of agile development cycles. That means ideally less than four weeks from solicitation to contract kickoff, and from there no more than three months to deliver a minimum viable product.
18F partnered with the General Service Administration (GSA) Office of Integrated Technology Services to establish a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) featuring vendors specializing in agile delivery services (e.g., user-centered design, agile software development, DevOps). The Agile Delivery Services BPA (Agile BPA) represents an effort to align acquisition practices with agile delivery practices.
The Agile BPA is different from most other traditional IT services contract vehicles. It uses novel ways to select vendors: the most important thing for us is the ability to ship high-quality working software. We plan to issue task orders — consistent with the TechFAR — that feature shorter time-frames, smaller dollar amounts, and user-centered design principles.
We use an iterative and incremental approach to the use of agile procurement. This will allow us to focus on building the appropriate processes and tools, and help us scale over time.
Expires 5 years from date of award or at the end of the Multiple Award Schedule contract period, whichever is earlier.