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Evolution of Contract Vehicles: SEWP

With the Request for Proposal for NASA’s Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement V (SEWP) contract right around the corner (anticipated to be released on or about August 12th). I thought now would be an interesting time to take a quick look at the SEWP IV predecessor contract. What are some take aways from the previous contract that we can apply when looking at the upcoming SEWP V contract?


Analyzing the trending around the SEWP IV contract was part of my responsibilities during my time as the Senior Analyst, Civilian Federal Research at INPUT and it’s interesting to see how the contract has grown to be one of the most widely used IT product and product solution contracts in Federal IT sector. This successful track record even goes back to February, 2009 when I was interviewed by Fed Tech Magazine about the SEWP IV contract. This article has some additional pertinent recommendations about the SEWP contract.

With that let’s jump in and take a look at the data behind SEWP IV!

Spending by Fiscal Year

Currently according to the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) SEWP IV has over $10Billion in reported spending to date. The chart below outlines the reported spending per fiscal year with all figures in dollars. 




SEWP IV spending by fiscal year

The Vendors of SEWP IV

What we can see from an analysis of the 38 competed contracts is that there is a huge discrepancy between how successful Vendors have been at utilizing this contract. The chart below displays all of the vendors who broke over $100M in reported spending on SEWP IV as of today.

Spending by SEWP IV Vendors

Additional stats:

SEWP IV Agency Footprint

One of the hallmarks of SEWP IV has been the ability of the contract to be very widely used across the Government. Though there are several contracts that are like SEWP IV designated to be Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), unless they are managed by GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service they tend to be heavily utilized by the Agency that sets up the contract (in this case NASA). This is not true for SEWP IV. The chart below shows the Agencies that had over $100M in spending with the SEWP IV contract.

SEWP IV Spending by Agency

Thoughts and Recommendations

Given the long successful track record of SEWP IV, as an IT vendor in the Federal space the upcoming SEWP V Contract cannot be ignored. When looking at the SEWP V contract keep these thoughts and recommendations in mind:

1. Pick the right partner on SEWP – there is a huge difference between the vendors who managed to leverage SEWP IV effectively and those who didn’t make sure take careful consideration  about your teaming strategy for SEWP V

2. SEWP IV has been a favored contract among the VA, DOD and other agencies – you could utilize SEWP IV to drive business by offering a trusted easy to use contract for your customers in those agencies

Additional Resources:

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