DOD means business
Friday, May 11, 2007
Defense contracting shops continue to line up procurement vehicles tailored to the needs of their IT customers
Defense Department officials in the market for technology
products and services don’t have to look far.
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Cecom is expected to have an early recompete
issued sometime between the spring and summer
of 2007, said John Slye, a senior analyst at Input.
"It’s very broad and very popular,” Slye said.
"They’re expecting [the current contract] to reach
its ceiling soon.”
Slye said the program could have a maximum
value of about $23.2 billion in eight years.
— Caron Golden
The Rapid Response program, which the Army
Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics
Command (Cecom) administers, provides agencies
with a broad range of technology services, from
research and development to logistics support to
hardware and software fabrication. The catch? A 19-
day competitive award process for each task order.
Training and Resource Support
Services II (OPTARSS-II), a multipleaward,
vehicle. What was already a
big program may get bigger.
The program covers services in a
number of technology-intensive areas,
including modeling and simulation,
command, control, communications,
computers and intelligence management,
and transformation support.
Published reports state that
OPTARSS-II is worth $30 billion, but the
number only reflects preliminary planning,
said Steve Sullivan, director of the
Army Contracting Agency’s Southern
Region Contracting Center-East, which
is working the procurement.
However, Sullivan added that the
agency is looking to expand use of the
contract from Forscom, for whom the
first contract was written, to broader
Army use. "Word of mouth has showed
us more people have wanted to use
this vehicle,” he said.
Because the current vehicle
expires in spring 2008, the contracting
agency wants to award new contracts
by then. But the number of
awards is still uncertain.
"The number of awards depends on
the results of our market research,” he
said. "Any time we do a multiple-award
contract, we do market research to
gauge support. We’re in that process
now with OPTARSS-II.”
Sullivan said the contracting
agency is in the process of synthesizing
the industry feedback about the
management of the first contract.
"Part of lessons learned is being
applied toward the performance work
statement,” he said.
— Caron Golden
The Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)
is working on the
Encore II will cover hardware,
software, managed services, Web
services, communications engineering,
and other products and
services to assist DOD and civilian
agency customers with networkcentric
According to the Encore II
request for proposals, DISA intends
to use the contracts to support
users as the agency transitions to
another major DISA program, Net-
Centric Enterprise Services. Under
NCES, DOD is creating a departmentwide
Web portal providing
access to knowledge databases
and collaboration tools.
The agency could award as
many as 11 NCES II contracts,
although the goal is simply to
make "a reasonable amount” of
awards, said Evelyn DePalma,
director of acquisition, logistics
and facilities at DISA.
DISA also recently awarded a
contract to Vion for storage capacity
on demand. DePalma said that it
was developed to speed the
agency’s ability to deliver data
storage capability while reducing
overhead costs. "It also facilitates
the agency’s ability to introduce
new storage technologies over
time to meet the changing requirements”
of DOD, she said.
DePalma added that DISA is
planning the Defense Information
Systems Network Video Services II
(DVSII) acquisition as a follow-on
to the DISN Video Services-Global
contract. She said the DVSII acquisition
will provide worldwide network
integration with centralized
management, adding that there
will be a small-business set-aside
procurement for the contract.
Finally, DISA anticipates issuing
the Air Defense Communications
System (ADCS) contract this
spring. It will primarily provide
management, maintenance, repair
and logistics support for several
existing communications systems
and subsystems through each
respective Combined Air
ADCS supports the Homeland
Security Department, Customs and
Border Protection agency, Air and
Marine Operations Center, Federal
Aviation Administration and Airborne
Warning and Control System.
DePalma said ADCS will be competed
as a full and open procurement, and
is expected to be firm-fixed-price
with one base year and four option
years. DISA plans to award the contract
by the end of 2007.
— Caron Golden
The Defense Information Systems
Agency just announced six awards
under its $12.25 billion Encore II
Information Technology Solutions
vehicle. Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI
International, EDS, Lockheed
Martin, Science Applications
International Corp., and SRA
International will be the vendors of
the indefinite-delivery, indefinitequantity
vehicle, which has a fiveyear
baseline and an option for an
additional five years. There is no
date yet for small-business awards.
ITES-2H, potentially worth $5 billion in five years,
will offer hardware ranging from Unix platforms to
Windows servers, in addition to workstations and
peripheral devices. The Army will issue as many as
five awards, with two reserved for small business.
"It’s a solution designed for users who already have
a systems integrator but just need hardware,” said,
Kevin Carroll, chief of the Army’s PEO-EIS.
PMSS-2, with a value of close to $1 billion for
seven to 10 years, will provide PEO-EIS with management
"Our program shops often have only three or four
or five government employees. Everyone else is
under contract,” Carroll said. PMSS-2, scheduled for
a June award, will help program managers manage
their programs with acquisition strategies, testing
and production contractor oversight, he said.
The Army expects to award five contracts, with
three reserved for small businesses, although that
could change, Carroll said.
MTS II, worth $400 million in eight years, is a
follow-on purchase of satellite-based tracking and
communication services and equipment, with the
award slated for July 2007. The new contract will
offer newer technology. Other services and the
British will use it.
Carroll added that his office is reflecting on lessons
learned from managing the previous contracts.
"ITES got a lot of protests. It was too large.
What it meant to industry was that if they didn’t
win, they’d be out of the market for a while. So we’ll
keep the contracts shorter and less big,” he said.
"We also have got to find a way to make decisions
on contracts faster. They’re too drawn out.”
— Caron Golden
The Army’s Program Executive Office for Enterprise
Information Systems is working on a wide range of
contracts, including Program Management
Support Services 2 (PMSS-2), Information
Technology Enterprise Solutions 2 Hardware (ITES-
2H) and Movement Tracking System II (MTS II).