Multiple Award Contracts – GSA is Not the Only Fruit

You may have heard about a GSA contract – it’s one of the best known of the federal government’s long-term multiple-award type contracts.  Any federal agency can purchase products and services from GSA, and it can be a great opportunity if you want to do business with the federal government.

BUT…GSA is not the only game in town!  While many agencies purchase via GSA, some prefer to issue their own in-house multiple award contracts.

While GSA contracts can be awarded at any time, many agency contracts have specific open periods for awards.  On the radar right now are two upcoming multiple award contracts for Information Technology, issued by the U.S. Army: Information Technology Enterprise Solutions Services (ITES3) and Army Desktop and Mobile Computing (ADMC3), should both be issued sometime in the new year. ITES3S will operate for nine years, with a ceiling of $20 billion, and plans to award 14 small business contracts. ADMC3 will run for 10 years with a $5 billion ceiling.

The new contracts are being sponsored by Computer Hardware and Enterprise Software Solutions (CHESS), the Army’s primary source for commercial-off-the-shelf IT hardware, software and services. CHESS is also responsible for semi-annual Consolidated Buys (CBs) of desktop and notebook computers and printers for the Army.

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