In Parts 1 and 2 of this series we talked about the contractor and Government perspectives of setting up for, releasing and responding to a Tera-Scope contract opportunity. Now let’s talk about the high risks associated with putting together such a complicated contractual arrangement.
For several decades the Federal Government has employed Long Term Contracts in order to found relationships with a vendor or vendors for a long period of time. Task orders are issued against the contracts for work as needs arise. This saves the Government from repeating the full acquisition process over and over. Sometimes only the founding Agency can order from the contract. If ordering is open outside the founding Agency it qualifies as a Government-Wide Acquisition contract (GWAC). I’m calling a Tera-Scope contract a Long Term Contract where the Government combines every conceivable IT service under one umbrella that requires each offeror to respond to all task areas. This necessitates Teaming in order to present an excellent proposal in every regard. For Tera-Scope opportunities where you must respond to all task areas a company cannot afford to be “just okay” in any one of them. The main difference for a Tera-Scope is that the range of tasks included is very broad – even vast.
In responding to a Tera-Scope RFP proposals must detail why a Team is high quality and high value for every aspect of the Tera-Scope. Once everything is written and submitted it may still be a while before a decision is made by the Government. A recently publicized Tera-Scope draft RFP comes with a timeline of 12 months for evaluation and selection of teams for award. Make sure you understand the termination provisions of your Teaming Agreements. You don’t […]