New DHA mandate routes all IT buys through GSA

Going forward, the Defense Health Agency will contract for its health IT needs solely through the General Services Administration, according to a DHA memo dated April 25.

The memo — signed by DHA Component Acquisition Executive Michael O’Bar — requires health agency procurement officers use GSA governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs) and schedules for “previously unsolicited and follow-on contracts/task orders” for all IT and health care systems, effective immediately…

Procurement officials will be able to ask for waivers from this mandate. However, to ensure there is enough data to track the success of this initiative, “DHA contracting officers must employ GSA’s suite of vehicles to the maximum extent practicable,” the memo states.

“Use of other than the prescribed GSA vehicles must be thoroughly documented in the acquisition strategy and clearly supported by market research,” it adds……

G2X TAKE: There is really not much new to this “News” for anyone who has been covering DHA for a minute, but this April 25 memo does re-confirm DHA intentions, sheds some light on anticipated spend and describes a process for how and if agencies and groups can get around the mandate.

You should expect the commitment from DHA to GSA will be strong initially, but like, any relationship, the relationship is only as strong as is the ability for GSA to deliver on the promises.

While the pendulum will eventually swing back, for now, getting to know an Alliant and Alliant SB prime and getting your IT-70 schedule in order, along with the new HIT SIN, will and should remain a primary focus.

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