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Office of Acquisition

Welcome to TTS Office of Acquisition (OA) team page!

Our mission

Buy technology products and services for TTS and our partners in an effective and efficient way.

Who we are

We are a group of 1102 Contracting Officers, Procurement Analysts and acquisition support professionals that procure IT products and services for your teams. Here is a link to our org chart to learn more about us.

What we offer

TTS Office of Acquisition (OA) is uniquely focused on helping government buy modern digital technologies for internal and external clients. We specialize in procuring Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and IT professional services.

If you are interested in learning more about which existing TTS vehicles you can use, please see the OA TTS Wide Contract Vehicles.

Clients

TTS internal procurement

We buy IT products/services for TTS offices such as Clients & Markets, Solutions, and Business Operations. If you are within TTS and your procurement need costs less than $10,000, please visit the Purchase Requests section in the handbook.

If you are within TTS and your procurement need costs more than the micro-purchase threshold ($10,000), please visit the Procurement over $10k section in the handbook.

TTS assisted acquisition

In partnership with 18F, we procure modern, digital technologies for TTS’ partner agencies. Procurement of services and/or products over $10k that will partially or fully support your partner(s) outside of TTS (including other GSA offices and partner agencies), paid partially or fully by your partner(s), will be considered an assisted acquisition.

However, OA is currently set up as a shared service, so please keep in mind that we cannot work directly with outside partners. In order for us to do an assisted acquisition, the request must come through one of the following TTS Business Units (BU). Also note that each BU has its own assisted acquisition process as well as vetting criteria. Please contact the following BUs for more information and/or to get started:

How we work

  • We strive to procure technology in a transparent and cost-effective way. We collaborate directly with our internal clients to create the acquisition strategy and build the acquisition package together. We focus on procurements under $10 million to prevent vendor lock-in. We use low dollar amounts and option periods so that we can assess the results of our acquisitions, and refine our approaches over time to find the best value solution.
  • In the spirit of innovation, we continue to experiment with new, collaborative ways of doing procurement while adhering to the various regulations and policies governing our work.

Communication

Find us on Slack: #tts-oa

FAQs

What is a COR?

The Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) helps the Contracting Officer (CO) administer and manage the contract from time of award through the contract close-out (or until you no longer serve in the role of COR, and in this case, you will help with the transition of a new COR).

How do I become certified as a COR?

The Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer’s Representatives (FAC-COR) contains three levels of certification that allows for appropriate training and experience for CORs managing a range of various contracts from low-risk to high-risk and complex acquisitions.

CORs: Review FAC-COR Requirements for education, experience, training requirements for each FAC-COR level. Refer to FAITAS Frequently Asked Questions to learn how to apply for training. If you have questions, please Slack #fac-cor and tag @michellepet, TTS-Bureau Certification Manager for further assistance.

I’ve taken the FAC-COR training and received a COR designation letter, now what?

Read our COR Playbook for more information about being a COR.

How do I complete a micropurchase?

In addition to buys over $10,000, OA buys services for TTS under $10,000 per year. The TTS Technology Portfolio is in charge of procuring software under $10,000 and the Operations team is responsible for procuring [everything else under $10,000]. You can visit the Purchase requests handbook page to find out the process for services and miscellaneous micropurchases and the Software under $10,000 pagefor software purchases.

How do I get started with a buy over $10,000 per year?

If you or your team are looking to do a buy over $10,000 per year with OA, visit the Procurements over $10,000 handbook page to learn how to get started.


Questions?