AFITC Briefing focuses on NETCENTSII Mandatory Use Policy
For NC2 devotees there was no new information provided by Stephen Davis and Ardis Hearn at the NETCENTSII briefing held at AFITC this week in Montgomery. The presentation was clearly aimed at Air Force users, not industry, in focusing on the Mandatory Use Policy, its rationale, governance, and waiver process might be used. Stephen Davis is the Chief, Enterprise Systems Branch, AFPEO-EIS, and Ardis Hearn is the Chief Engineer, NETCENTSII, Enterprise Services Division. The Mandatory Use Policy was signed out in May (2011) by SAF/A6 and SAF/AQ.
In a departure from previous AFITC briefings, Mr. Davis took questions from the packed session from both industry and NC-2 Users. A question was asked about the postponement of the NETCENTSII ITPS contract competition which was answered as a resource availability issue, not a change in the requirement or commitment for the ITPS contract competition. An Air Force user brought up a problem he encountered on the awarded EISM contract in pursuing a Waiver whose delay resulted in lost funding. A question was asked about how the NETOPS contract Task Orders would be assigned to either the Unrestricted or Small Business Companion contract given that the RFP requirements were identical; would there be a DELEX Decision/Rule of Two type determination made centrally? Mr. Davis answered by saying the Contracting Officer at origin would make that determination. Ardis Hearn added that the two efforts were not identical as the Unrestricted competition required a “CMMI or ISO Qualification.” (ED: The Small Business Companion RFP also required CMMI or ISO qualiifications to bid.)
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