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The Agile Delivery BPA is (almost) here!

The Agile Delivery BPA is (almost) here!

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by V David ZvenyachChris Cairns, and Noah Kunin

It’s game time. The Request for Quotation (RFQ) for the Agile Delivery Services Blanket Purchase Agreement (Agile Delivery BPA) is hitting the street on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. When the RFQ is released, we will post it on GitHub and the General Service Administration’s eBuy system (RFQ993471), and vendors will be able to submit responses to be part of the Agile Delivery BPA.

As you’ll see in the RFQ, we are requiring vendors currently on GSA Schedule 70 who want to be on the Agile Delivery BPA to compete among three pools: a design pool (a total set aside for small business), a development pool (also a total set aside for small business), and a full-stack pool (unrestricted). When the competition is completed, and awards are made, the vendors will be working on 18F projects, for our internal needs, and for our partner agencies.

Like we said before, we’re doing things a little differently in this procurement. We’re requiring vendors to submit a working prototype based on a public dataset and show their work in a publicly available git repository. We’re also requiring ourselves to adopt a rigorous evaluation methodology to ensure that the vendors can meet our needs.

Read more about why this is important.

We’ve learned a lot through this process, which admittedly took us longer than we expected. We learned from our partners within the General Services Administration about how to improve the BPA, and we helped educate them about how we work, and what we want our vendors to be able to do. As a result, we have a better RFQ than we started with.

This sort of learning is part of our process. There’s a reason we are describing the BPA in an alpha stage: we expect to continue to learn and improve as we proceed.

In terms of next steps, vendors on Schedule 70 will submit their prototypes and responses to the RFQ, GSA will review the responses, and awards will be made. Stay tuned for more updates on this effort.

Finally, to the vendor community, if you want to participate in our effort to transform the way the federal government delivers federal digital services, here’s a piece of advice: just ship it.

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Comments

Daniel J. Kim

Hi Mark,

 

The awards that were announced on Friday August 28, 2015, is for Pool Three only.  Pool One and Two are still in the preaward process and separate notifications will be issued for these Pools respectively at a future date to be determined.  

mmagee

Have the awards been announced for all 3 pools for the Agile Services BPA, or just for Pool 3? A GSA blog post appeared on Friday, 8/28, naming 16 companies as awardees. However, the blog post also appears to refer to the 16 as Pool 3 awardees.

mmagee

Sir:  a blog post appeared on Friday, 8/28, which appears to announce the winners of the 18/F Agile Services BPA competition.  The post is entitled, "Announcing the Agile BPA Awards:  A Conversation About the Process."  Sixteen companies are listed as BPA awardees.  However, the blog post also contains the sentence, "As the first set of awards (Pool Three) are now being issued, ...."

Can you please clarify if the list of 16 awardees is ONLY for Pool Three (with more awards to come for Pools One and Two), or if the list represents the total amount of awardees chosen for the BPA?  Checking FBO, no Agile BPA announcemnts appears to have been issued by GSA's Federal Technology Service within the last 7 business days.

Thanks.

Daniel J. Kim

Hi Mark,

The awards that were announced on Friday August 28, 2015, is for Pool Three only.  Pool One and Two are still in the preaward process and separate notifications will be issued for these Pools respectively at a future date to be determined.  

 

barrylake

How about a status update on the proposal submissions

Daniel J. Kim

Hi Barry,

My apologizes for the late response. The Agile Delivery Services BPAs are still being evaluated by the evaluation team. 

 
Daniel J. Kim

Thank you for your interest in the Agile Delivery Services BPA. The RFQ has been posted on eBuy. Information regarding the technical approach, which includes details about the challenge and Q&A periods, is also in the RFQ .

mdalal

Does the challenge start tomorrow - Jun 17? We are trying to line up our resources based on the requirement. Or GSA is expecting first response to the RFQ and then the challenge will be at a later date. Also, is there a Q&A period after the RFQ is released on June 17th? If so, when would the clock for the challenge start? Please clarify. Thank you.

 

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