Changes for CDM Contract in Favor of Alliant GWAC?

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There may be some changes ahead for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) contract resulting in favor of using the Alliant GWAC according to Federal Times.  The products and services for Group F (containing many small and micro-agencies) will likely be bought off of GSA’s Alliant vehicle instead of the CDM Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA).  A BPA for the CDM contract was established which enabled agencies to buy security tools off a single vehicle.  However, rather than getting individual security solutions, Group F will be treated as a shared services environment which means contracting officials will have to start out with high-level requirements and drill down to specifics further down the road. The BPA structure does not allow for this but the Alliant GWAC does.  As Chris Hamm, director of GSA’s FEDSIM, described it, “You want to have the pay-by-the-drink style model … Right now it doesn’t exist [on the BPA], so I can’t buy it,” he said. However the Alliant GWAC allows for the flexibility of being able to buy services and parts and then decide on how something will get put together post-award.  Important to note is that Hamm mentioned that using the Alliant GWAC for Group F is a special case and does not signify a “sea change away from the BPA”.   A formal decision has not yet been made but DHS and FEDSIM officials are strongly leaning toward the Alliant GWAC.  The solicitation is being written up with this route in mind and is expected to be released in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

About Aisha N. Mian

Aisha N. Mian is a Managing Consultant in Aron¬son LLC’s Government Contract Services Group. She has more than eight years of experience in the government contracting industry with experience in both project control and financial compliance. Her professional skills include contract/project financial analysis and budgeting, billing, and financial compliance. Aisha has worked alongside in-house DCAA auditors and has supported various DCAA audits, including audits for incurred cost submissions, cost proposal direct labor and indirect rates, policy and procedure reviews, as well as final vouchers audits. She has also provided guidance on the use of appropriate indirect rates for the contract close-out and cancel funds processes. Aisha earned her Bachelors of Science in Finance from George Mason University and her Masters in Business Administration from the Robert H. Smith School at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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