AEDC Shift to Alliant Small Business Suggests Lengthy Delay in NETCENTSII NETOPS Availability
The Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) Industry Day notice (July 31st) for their Base Communications and IT Support requirements was released expecting to use the NETCENTSII NetOps Small Business contract's services.Movie All Is Lost (2013)
"Air Force policy mandates the use of the Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) contracts for communications / IT procurement. AEDC will fulfill its need for BCITS requirements through use of the NETCENTS-2 NetOps Multiple Award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. In the event the NETCENTS-2 NetOps Multiple Award IDIQ contract is UNAVAILABLE FOR ORDERING, AEDC intends to utilize the Alliant Small Business Government-wide Acquisition Contract to fulfill the BCITS requirements. Our scheduled award date for the BCITS task order is 1 June 2015."
Barely a week later, there was a urgent update notifying industry that AEDC had changed their acquisition strategy to use the Alliant Small Business vehicle to meet their schedule requirements.
"Since that publication [original industry day notice], based on conversations with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Enterprise Services Branch, it has been determined that the schedule risk of continuing to utilize the NetOps and Infrastructure category of the NETCENTS-2 contract is an unacceptable schedule risk, and that office has concurred with our request to procure these services using another contract vehicle. The AEDC Team now intends to utilize the GSA Alliant SB contract vehicle to fulfill the BCITS requirements."
The AEDC schedule for their BCITS requirements expects RFP release in November  with award expected in June 2015. The acquisition strategy shift suggests NETCENTSII NETOPS Small Business contract resolution is not expected by November 2014.