AFNCR IT Services Acquisition: Move to ALLIANT Means Lockheed WINS, Small Business Loses
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.