18F lends the contracting community a hand
For the past nine months, government contracting officials have had an online tool that gives them quick access to fully burdened hourly rates for 48,000 labor categories from about 3,000 General Services Administration governmentwide professional services contracts. The hourly rates can also be filtered by subcategories such as education level and years of experience, and the app generates a bar graph showing the distribution of labor rates on different contracts for a given labor category.
The tool, called Contract Awarded Labor Category, is the result of an effort by civil servants at GSA’s Region 10 in Seattle, which manages professional services contracts in areas such as environmental services, advertising and translation services. Since launching last May, the CALC site has attracted 18,000 unique visitors from most federal agencies and a number of vendors — a significant number for such a specialized app.