A House bill intended to reform the federal information technology acquisition process would require agencies to state the price of a product or service before starting competition, FCW reports.
After agencies state the price, vendors would then compete on factors such as past performance or technical details, according to the report.
Matthew Weigelt writes Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, inserted the provision in the updated Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, aiming to help agencies determine when fixed-price technical competitions would be appropriate.
Fierce Government IT reports some agencies have already used that method, also known as bid-to-price.
Citing a committee staff fact sheet, David Perera writes the provision also aims to help contracting officers evaluate proposals.