Author: Aaron Boyd
Rather than create multiple contract vehicles for IT services and tools, the FBI is looking at building a single $5 billion contract to cover all the bureau’s IT needs.
The bureau released an anticipated request for information Wednesday giving industry a few more details on its planned agencywide IT services contract being dubbed Information Technology Supplies and Support Services, also known as ITSSS or IT Triple-S.
The RFI sets the anticipated ceiling for the contract—estimated at $5 billion—and period of performance—one-year base period with nine additional one-year options—though both are subject to change as the contracting office collects more information.
FBI contracting officers at one point had been considering splitting the contract vehicle into multiple parts to focus on specific services like cloud and cybersecurity. Instead, “The Information Technology Acquisitions Unit is contemplating creating an all-encompassing IT services IDIQ based on category management to meet the needs and missions of our customers,” the RFI states.
Those services—or tracks—include cloud and cybersecurity, as well as agile development, operations and maintenance, engineering services, IT consulting, scientific services, telecomm and IT help desk support.
The RFI also asks industry to suggest other tracks that the acquisition team should consider adding to the contract.
Responses to the RFI are due April 20, ahead of a planned April 30 industry day in Washington, D.C. A final statement of work is expected by mid- to late-May. The first draft solicitation is on track to be released July 13.
Assuming this schedule holds, contracting officers expect to make awards by March 2019, and FBI offices will be able to start issuing task orders shortly thereafter.
Original Article: http://www.nextgov.com/it-modernization/2018/04/fbi-considering-one-5-billion-contract-all-it-supplies-services/147410/