Buy Smarter with GSA’s FAS New Alliant Prices-Paid Tool

Over the last couple years, GSA has been moving rapidly to make important changes to how we approach government acquisition through implementation of category management across government and within the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).  We are undertaking this transformation because, as the only civilian agency in the government whose mission is acquisition, we understand that government buyers need access to actionable data and prices-paid information in order to make smart purchases at the best price on behalf of federal agencies.Data-dot-gov-rtb-1

As a significant part of this effort, the GSA’s Office of Strategic Programs Center for Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) has been working to provide the federal community with views of pricing data on the Alliant and Alliant Small Business GWACs.

Agencies have used Alliant and Alliant SB to the tune of $11.1 billion dollars and 870 task orders. The information derived from this usage will help the CIO, CFO, and CAO community as well as support contracting officers and the 1,218 Delegation of Procurement Authority holders. As such, FAS is pleased to announce the launch of GSA’s GWAC Alliant and Alliant SB Prices Paid Tool.

The tool’s dashboards and reports help agencies:

  •      Conduct improved market research,
  •      Develop more realistic independent government cost estimates (IGCE),
  •      Analyze price data and aid in negotiations,
  •      Provide transparency with a detailed view into federal agency total IT dollars spent through the FAS Alliant and Alliant Small Business GWAC.

This tool provides users with a breakdown of pricing data by federal agency, company, contract family, labor categories, and contract type.  Understanding prices paid and sharing that data across government is critical to reducing costs and making smarter decisions. The prices paid data is a tool and one data point that buyers can use along with gathering additional context on a negotiated requirement and associated terms and conditions to fully understand how prices were reached. This data point can be invaluable in assisting contracting professionals to develop acquisition strategies and evaluating acquisition options.

The transparency of prices paid data complements the Office of Federal Procurement Policy’s announcement that federal acquisition will be streamlined through Category Management. Category Management is a process used by Fortune 500 companies to better meet customer needs and market demands by categorizing products and services and customizing purchasing channels. As these solutions continue to evolve, it is our intention to include prices paid data through GSA’s Common Acquisition Portal (CAP) – further improving purchasing across government.

Federal users can access the GWAC Alliant and Alliant SB Prices Paid Tool via a secure portal on StrategicSourcing.gov. The dashboards and reports therein will be updated weekly, so be sure and check back often. For additional information and training requests please contact GWAC_Spend@gsa.gov and/or visit the dashboard website and request account access with your government e-mail address.