SEWP: An acquisition pioneer is still going strong

What do NASA’s Solutions for Enterprisewide Procurement program and the Mars rovers have in common? More than you might think.

Many recall NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity rovers, which launched in 2003 with a tightly focused, 90-day mission yet continued to explore the red planet for years. The agency’s SEWP contract is far less famous, but it too was launched with a smaller, more focused job in mind — and that was more than 20 years ago.

The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) government wide acquisition contract (GWAC) has been a pioneer in its own right and has proven durable and effective well beyond its initial expiration date.

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