NASA's SWEP giving GSA a run for the money

Already a popular alternative to GSA, SWEP IV is expected to gather some 2,700 proposals.

For agencies needing to buy information technology, there's a new game in town. With widespread dissatisfaction with the General Service Administration, many agencies are looking to play ball with NASA. Under NASA's SWEP contracts, agencies can place orders for technology without going through GSA, reports WashingtonTechnology.

Under SWEP III (Scientific and Engineering Workstation Program), 2,300 federal locations place more than 1,100 orders each month. Now vendors have until June 22 to submit bids for SWEP IV, a seven-year, $6.5 billion, governmentwide contract for IT products.

“Increasingly, it is a vehicle that agencies consider as an alternative to buying through GSA schedule contracts, and we just think it’s a good idea to have one or two alternatives,

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