Your SEWP V Contract Questions Answered
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The History of SEWP
Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) is a multiple-award GWAC designed to focus on commercial IT products and product-based services to be utilized by all federal agencies.
SEWP’s mission is to provide the best value and cost savings to the federal government, as well as provide both NASA (the owner of the GWAC) and federal agencies “with timely access to mission critical technologies”.
A frequently noted benefit to SEWP contracts are its low prices, which generally range lower than GSA Schedule prices, and have a low surcharge of .38%. Currently, the SEWP contract is in its fifth iteration, labeling it SEWP V, and continuing on the contract’s legacy that began in 1993 with the first version.
Over the years SEWP has changed greatly. The FCW website offers a comprehensive SEWP timeline which explains the changes to SEWP over the years:
SEWP I (February 1993–February 1997)
- Emphasized Unix systems to replace proprietary VAX and IBM systems
- $800 million, four-year delegation of procurement authority (DPA)
- No small-business or 8(a) awards
SEWP II (November 1996–July 2001)
- Included higher-end systems and administrative IT classes
- $1.8 billion, four-year DPA as GWAC
- Two small-business set-asides and five 8(a) awards
SEWP III (July 2001–April 2007)
- Increased Web and database enhancements
- $4 billion, five-year term
- Three small-business set-aside competitions (with two awarded to seven companies) and three 8(a) noncompeted set-asides
SEWP IV (May 2007–April 2015)
- Expanded into Linux and security
- $17 billion in sales
- One small-business set-aside competition, resulting in 14 awardees
- One set-aside competition for small businesses owned by service-disabled veterans, resulting in six awardees
- Two full and open competitions, resulting in 25 awardees
SEWP V (May 2015–April 2025)
- Increased focus on cloud- and product-based services
- $30 billion, 10-year term anticipated
- One small-business set-aside competition
- One set-aside competition for small businesses owned by service-disabled veterans
- One set-aside competition for companies in Historically Underutilized Business Zones
- Two full and open competitions
- Awards scheduled to be announced in early April (as of Feb. 8)
What’s on SEWP V?
SEWP V contracts are firm fixed price contracts that cover a wide range of IT products and services, some of which include:
- Desktop Computers and Laptops
- High performance servers and data-base servers
- Mass storage and network devices
- Advanced video and visualization solutions
- Computer support devices
- Security systems and tools
- Audio-Visual systems
- Health IT
- Cost per Copy Multi-Functional Printers
- Warranty and Maintenance
- Implementation and Installation
- Product-based Training
- Product-based Engineering
The current iteration of SEWP has an ordering period through April 30, 2025. However, it seems highly likely that we will see SEWP continue into the future as it has clearly proven to be beneficial to the federal government and taxpayers. While SEWP VI may contain minor changes and updates to its predecessor, these changes will only serve to improve it, not hinder it.
I’m not a prime on SEWP V, can I still compete for its opportunities?
Contractors that either missed submitting a proposal for SEWP V, or were simply not large enough to compete on their own or with a team for a prime contractor award, should consider working as a sub-contractor to an already existing prime contractor. As with all GWACs this is an ideal strategy for contractors as it saves them the time and money required to prime the contract, while still being able to compete (as a subcontractor) for SEWP’s many lucrative opportunities.
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