The General Services Administration‘s 18F organization has named the 16 selected vendors on itsÂ Agile blanket purchase agreement as part of efforts to facilitate the acquisition of software products that utilizeÂ agile development.
GSA said FridayÂ the awards areÂ underÂ Pool Three and coverÂ design and development services.
The agency’sÂ Pacific Rim Region will issue subsequent task orders to the following companies:
- Acumen Solutions
- Applied Information Sciences
- Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH)
- DSoft Technology Company
- Environmental Systems Research Institute
- NCI Information Systems
- Three Wire Systems
- True Tandem
- World Wide Technology
“By allowing 18F to contract with companies that work in an agile, user-centered fashion, GSA will be able to continue transforming the way government buys digital services and better respond to the needs of customer agencies, ” saidÂ Denise Turner Roth, GSA administrator.
Chris Cairns, Â Dave Zvenyach andÂ Kathryn Edelman of the 18F Consulting team also outlinedÂ their experiences throughout the Agile BPA award process.
They pointed to the team’s observations of the interaction between vendors on social media and their collaboration to create code repositories on GitHubÂ as well as 18F’s partnership with theÂ Federal Acquisition Service to move the process forward.
Lessons learned include ways to structure the vendor question-and-answer activity, the automation of some parts of the technical evaluation, and the need to continue dialogue between 18F and the vendor community to discuss further developments in the acquisition process.