DorobekInsider: GSA and the Recovery Board release the redacted Recovery.gov contract

Monday - 8/3/2009, 8:32am EDT

We have been telling you about the the Recovery and Transparency Board and the General Services Administration, which acted as the Recovery Board’s acquisition team, $9.5 million contact award to Smartronix for the next generation of Recovery.gov. (Read DorobekInsider: The real story behind the Recovery.gov contract: The need for govt contracting transparency… More also here and here and here…)

Late on Friday — and it was quite late… 8:42p to be exact — GSA issued a press release announcing that GSA and the Recovery Board had issued a redacted version of the contract with Smartronix.

Generally, when something gets released at nearly 9p on a Friday night in the summer, I always assume they are looking to avoid being noticed. (The wonderful TV show West Wing in the first season did a episode called Taking out the Trash Day, where unpleasant items were released on a Friday.) I’m going to withhold that judgement until I have an opportunity to actually talk to the Recovery Board and GSA officials to get the rest of the story. Let’s just say… I’m suspicious… and I’ll be reading the documents carefully. That being said, it could just be that folks were working until the last minute and they wanted to clear their plate for the weekend. (I would have recommended waiting because, given the importance of transparency with the Recovery and Transparency Board, releasing something late on a Friday night seems to meet the letter but not the intent of transparency.

Anyway, GSA and the Recovery Board did something of a data dump, releasing a number of documents. I have posted the PDF links and the Scrib links, where you can find the releases in a Flash format. I also have posted the GSA release from late Friday. The Recovery Board and GSA have also posted the documents in an .xpx format for use with screen reader software. I haven’t reposted those links. You can find them on the Recovery Board’s Web site.

I have to admit — I spent the weekend moving, but I will read all of them this over this week.

The documents released:

Initial Award of Contract Documents (PDF or Scribd)
This file consists of three documents:
1- The scan of the signed GSA Form 300 (p.1).
2- The Pricing Description (p. 2-3) that lists all awarded and optional Contract Line Items.
3- The Statement of Work (p. 4-44) that details the work Smartronix was expected to perform.

Second Modification Statement of Objectives (PDF or Scrib)
This document was issued by GSA to solicit proposals from firms on the Alliant Governmentwide Contract, detailing the requirements and objectives of the new Recovery.gov.

First Contract Modification (administrative) (PDF or Scrib)
The GSA form 300 that corrected accounting coding information and specified a period of performance for the contract.

Second Contract Modification SF 30 and Pricing (PDF or Scrib)
This file consists of two documents:
1- The scan of the signed Standard Form 30 (p.1).
2- The Pricing Description (p. 2-9) that lists all awarded and optional Contract Line Items, and establishes limits for travel, ancillary and support expenses that can be charged to the government.

Second Modification Statement of Objectives (PDF or Scrib)
This document was issued by GSA to solicit proposals from firms on the Alliant Governmentwide Contract, detailing the requirements and objectives of the new Recovery.gov.

Second Modification Management Proposal (PDF or Scrib)
This document was submitted by Smartronix detailing how the company proposed to meet the Recovery.gov requirements and objectives.

Second Modification Technical Proposal (PDF or Scrib)
This document was submitted by Smartronix detailing how the company proposed to meet the Recovery.gov requirements and objectives.

And the Recovery and Transparency Board/GSA press release:

GSA Releases New Recovery.gov Contract Documents
Contract Posted to Recovery.gov to Promote Transparency and Accountability

WASHINGTON – In a major step toward developing a state-of-the-art website that provides the public with a user-friendly portal to see how recovery money is being spent, the U.S. General Services Administration, on behalf of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, recently awarded Smartronix Inc. with a contract to build the new Recovery.gov website.

GSA, in cooperation with the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, has released the contract documents and they have been posted on Recovery.gov.