Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2012’
The NETCENTSII Contracting Officer, Randi E. Williams, released a Memoradum For All Offerors on 25 Sep 2012 for the NETCENTSII NETOPS and Infrastructure Solutions – Small Business Companion Contract RFP.
The Memorandum states that an RFP Amendment can be expected in early October 2012 that will incorporate some of the elements of previous Full & Open amendments and also provide some further clarifications. Ms Williams offers the following schedule for the anticipated RFP Amendment 6:
- 2 October 2012 – Release Amendment 6 for FA8771-09-R-0019
- 9 October 2012 – Offeror Questions Due
- 16 October 2012 – Cumulative Questions and Answers posted on FedBixOps
- 26 October 2012 – Revised Proposals Due
The NETCENTSII NETOPS and Infrastructure Solutions (F&O) RFP had amendments addressing issues with the Sample Tasks, WBS, Pricing, Past Performance Period, and other clarifications. Some of these were addressed before release of the Small Business Companion RFP so it’s difficult to predict what remains to be clarified or corrected in this Amendment.
The Air Force provided no explanation in the recent announcement that it had made a strategic decision to transition the contract authority for the Air Force National Capital Region Information Technology (AFNCR IT) Services requirement from the Air Force District of Washington Contracting Directorate (AFDW/PK) to Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). AFDW had previously slated the requirement to be competed under NETCENTSII’s NETOPS contract. The recent significant delay in the Award dates for NETCENTSII NETOPS contract is believed to have been a factor in this decision. (see article below)
The prospect of AFNCR IT Services being competed on the NETCENTSII contract had offered hope that small businesses could play a major role in the recompete of this ten year contract. ”The AFNCR requirements is work performed by small businesses every day for the Air Force. They’re not building rocket ships!”
A quick analysis of DISA/DITCO Contracting Officer’s Letter announcing the Draft RFP and use of the GSA Alliant contract reveals that more than seventy-seven percent (77.4%) of the work areas were reserved for large business and less than twenty-three percent (22.6%) reserved for small business. The incumbent has to be very pleased with this decision for many reasons.
It could also be argued that this is a WIN for small business in that twenty plus percent of the requirements are being reserved for and competed on Alliant Small Business. True enough. The contract vehicle change means a large segment of businesses who are small under NETCENTSII’s 517110 NAICS will likely not get an opportunity to participate.