TSA will debut its agile tech solicitation next month

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The Transportation Security Administration has put a marker on when it plans to debut the solicitation for its next agile technology development contract.

In a pre-award action notice posted Friday, TSA officials said they anticipate releasing the solicitation for the Flexible Agile Scalable Teams (FAST) contract on or before March 13. The goal is to find agile-focused technology solutions that can help the agency reduce its dependency on legacy IT systems.

TSA previously detailed the FAST contract in a draft solicitation last November. The agency plans to use a multiple-award blanket purchase agreement (BPA) for mobile applications and microservices, as well as software-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service operations.

In the previous notice, TSA officials said the FAST procurement strategy will likely include a multiple-award BPA provided through the General Services Administration’s IT Schedule 70, as well as two separate task orders for agile development services that will be competed among the BPA holders.

In response to questions from industry stakeholders, agency officials said in Friday’s notice that they plan to offer up to seven BPAs in the solicitation — including four on an unrestricted basis and three set-aside BPAs for small businesses.

The unrestricted BPAs will include task orders to provide enterprise support and operations support, as well as SaaS applications.

The small business BPAs will provide competitive task orders for services that include platform support, automation and accessibility, quality assurance and metrics and CES outreach services.

The contract is anticipated to have a seven-year period of performance, consisting of a 12-month base period and six 12-month option years.

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