Planning ahead for federal contracting one can’t overlook “Best –in-class” as every year they work to acquire extra portion of the overall industry from other administrative contracting vehicles.

What makes an agreement “Best class”?

To get what makes an agreement Best class we should initially check out how the central government levels contracts.

Tier Manager/User Federal Government Future Goal
0 Unmanaged Contract – “Wild West of Federal Contracting”. Agency spending is not aligned to category management principals. Decrease by 20%
1 Single Agency – Contract is managed however it is setup for only one agency to utilize the contract creating mass redundancy at multiple agencies with multiple suboptimal solutions.
2 Multi Agency – Contract is managed and utilized by multiple agencies but not necessarily government-wide.
3 Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) = BIC “Best in Class”. These are contracts that all agencies can use providing quick accesses to solutions and competent vendors. Increase to 35% of Federal Spending

The central government needs to move away from unmanaged single use agreements to oversaw government-wide agreements. The hypothesis is the more that can be brought under one rooftop now how about we take a gander at the agreements the Federal not entirely set in stone to be BIC. I have arranged the BIC Contracts by Industry, the Contracts in Bold are overseen by the GSA or will be after the OPM/ GSA Schedule contract consolidation.

Facilities & Construction

  • FSSI Building Maintenance & Operations (BMO)
  • USACE Facilities Reduction Program (FRP)
Human Capital

  • OPM/GSA Human Capital & Training Solutions (HCaTS)
  • OPM USA Learning
Industrial Products & Services

  • FSSI Janitorial & Sanitation Supplies (Jan/San)
  • FSSI Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO)
Information Technology

  • 8(a) STARS II
  • Army CHESS ADMC2
  • Alliant 2
  • Alliant 2 Small Business
  • CS2: Custom SATCOM Solutions
  • Enterprise Infrastructure Services (EIS) & Network
  • FSSI Wireless (on IT Schedule 70)
  • IT Schedule 70 (hardware)
  • NITAAC CIO SP3 Small Business
  • NITAAC CIO SP3 Unrestricted
  • VETS 2 (Veterans Technology Services 2)

  • DoD/VA High-Tech Medical Equipment (HTME)
  • DoD/VA Joint National Contracts for Generic Pharmaceuticals
  • VA Hearing Aids
Office Management

  • OS3 (FSSI Office Supplies)
  • GSA Global Supplies
Professional Services

  • IPS (Identity Protection Services)
  • GSA Smart Pay 2 & 3
  • OASIS Small Business
Security & Protection

  • DHS Body Armor III
  • Reduced Hazard Training Ammunition (RHTA)
Transportation & Logistics Services

  • GSA AutoChoice for Vehicle purchasing
  • DLA Energy – Direct Delivery Fuel Solution
  • NGDS (DoD Next Generation Delivery Services)
  • GSA Fleet for Vehicle Leasing
Travel & Lodging

  • City Pair Program
  • GSA Schedule 48 – Employee Relocation Resource Center (ERRC)
  • FedRooms
  • U.S. Gov Rental Car

Looking forward it should be each government project worker’s objective to get on the “Best class” contracting vehicle for their industry. The regular change for doing this is to begin first by acquiring a GSA Schedule Contract and afterward influence that contracting vehicle to afterward get a put on a “Best class” contract.

There presently are 38 BICs, including 25 that GSA runs, going from IT administrations to IT items to renting vehicles to booking lodgings to body covering to portable amplifiers.

A few are copies, including four unique “Best class” contracts for IT items and seven for IT administrations as well as seven BICs that OMB chose were “obligatory.”

OMB put out a meaning of “Best class” when the term previously came up a couple of years prior. Best class measures is:

  • Thorough prerequisites definitions and arranging processes
  • Suitable estimating procedures
  • Information driven systems to change purchasing and utilization conduct (i.e., request the board)
  • Classification and execution the board methodologies
  • Freely approved surveys

The Best-in-Class assignment distinguishes federal contracting that fulfills key standards characterized by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Best class arrangements are verified, all around made due, and suggested – and at times required – for use. Interagency classification groups have assigned almost 40 Best-in-Class agreements to lessen how much exertion individual purchasers spend finding and investigating securing arrangements. Far and wide reception of Best-in-Class arrangements will:

  • Amplify the public authority’s common buying power, permitting offices to use volume limits.
  • Assist organizations with working all the more productively by lessening managerial expenses and agreement duplication.
  • Extend sharing of government-wide purchasing information, prompting better-educated business choices.