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Management Reviews of Procurement Actions


|---|---| |TO:|GSA TTS, Office of Acquisition| |FROM:|Esther Praske
Acting Director, GSA TTS OA| |DATE:|Iterated (3.0) on December 14, 2018| |SUBJECT:|Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for GSA TTS OA management reviews of procurement actions|

FAS TTS OA aims to redefine the culture of government acquisition of information technology by bringing agile practices to government procurement and related service level policy. One of the principles of agile is to embrace change in a way that promotes continuous improvement. In keeping with this principle, this SOP is subject to change to keep TTS procurement practices current, applicable and in compliance at the Federal, Agency and Service levels. TTS OA will accomplish this by soliciting feedback in quarterly iterations and updating this SOP accordingly.

1.0 Purpose: The purpose of SOP TC-18-CS1-001 is to help ensure compliance with all applicable acquisition laws and regulations and to improve the quality of TTS procurements.

  • Iteration 1.1 Purpose: Add timeframe for review process and clarify management level.

  • Iteration 1.2 Purpose: Change notification of sensitive acquisition from prior to award to prior to public/external communications.

  • Iteration 1.3 Purpose: Add process for notification of FBO actions to management and update OGP review process.

2.0 Applicability: This SOP applies only to TTS OA procurement actions over the micro-purchase threshold (see , external,Federal Acquisition Regulation [FAR] Subpart 2.101) that will be executed by warranted Contracting Officers (COs) within the TTS OA. Note that there are additional reviews required by Office of General Counsel (OGC), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), General Services Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM), and/or GSA acquisition guidance that are not addressed here but must be followed.

3.0 Background: On November 2, 2017, the FAS Commissioner re-delegated limited , external,TTS-only, Procurement Authority to TTS. One condition of that authority was for TTS to develop a process to review procurement actions to ensure compliance with applicable policies and regulations.

4.0 Procedure for management reviews: The following is the process for management reviews of procurement actions that TTS OA executes with its own authority:

  • 4.1 Management review process for TTS OA procurement actions

    • For procurements between micro-purchase threshold and $25,000:

      • Prior to RFQ/solicitation release and prior to award, both TTS management (one level above the CO) and a TTS procurement analyst will review acquisition packages.
      • Acquisition packages should include, but not be limited to, the following items, as applicable to the procurement phase:
        • Market research report
        • Acquisition plan
        • IGCE
        • Any justifications or determinations and findings
        • Solicitation/Request for Quotation (RFQ)
        • Trade-off analysis
        • Award decision memo
    • For procurements above $25,000:

      • TTS management (one level above the CO) and TTS procurement analysts will perform the first review of acquisition packages prior to RFQ/solicitation release and prior to award.
      • At The Office of Governmentwide Policy (OGP)'s request, they may conduct additional reviews at any stage in the procurement process.
      • See above for examples of acquisition package documents to be reviewed.
  • 4.2 Forum: The forum for each review will be at the discretion of the TTS OA Contracting Officer (CO) and may include, but will not necessarily be limited to, a formal briefing, an informal meeting, or a “paper” review. The TTS OA CO is responsible for scheduling the review and forwarding the necessary documents to all reviewers via email 5 business days prior to the scheduled review.

  • 4.3 Documentation: The TTS OA CO is responsible for addressing and documenting significant comments received during the reviews using their best business judgment. The goal is to document the CO’s rationale for accepting or rejecting significant1 review comments and to demonstrate that they meaningfully considered this feedback. The level of documentation is at the CO’s discretion; however, documentation of reviews will include, at a minimum, the following:

    • Project name/Contracting Officer name
    • Review type/date (e.g., “1st OGP review on 10/12/2017”)
    • Documents reviewed
    • Significant comments
    • CO reconciliation

Documentation of each review shall be filed under Tab 025 in the contract file.

5.0 Notification of sensitive acquisition: The TTS OA CO will notify the Director of TTS OA and the TTS HCA of any actions considered “sensitive” at least 15 calendar days prior to public/external communications. The TTS HCA will, in turn, notify the FAS Commissioner (as necessary) of the action(s), per the existing FAS Front Office contract notification procedures, at least 10 calendar days ahead of public/external communications. Examples of “sensitive” actions are as follows:

  • Acquisitions followed closely by media and industry
  • High-visibility / Congressional Interest acquisitions
  • Acquisitions related to government-wide or shared-services programs
  • Acquisitions related to the launch of a new program
  • Acquisitions that have received a GAO protest

6.0 Notification of FedBizOpps (FBO) postings: The TTS OA CO will notify the TTS OA Director two weeks prior of any action posted on FBO (RFI, RFQ, etc.) via the Weekly Report Fact Sheet Template.

1 “Significant,” in this context, means anything that could materially change the procurement approach and related documentation.

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