Dayton IT Symposium Update for NETCENTSII
The NETCENTSII Update provided by Stephen Davis, Chief, Enterprise Systems Branch, AFPEO EIS, highlighted four “Notable Aspects” for the NETCENTS-2 contract:
- Mandatory Use Policy Approved 16 May 2011
- Small Business Benefits
- Small Business Graduate Transition (AKA Off-Ramp)
The approved Mandatory Use Policy makes NETCENTSII mandatory for all USAF units (exception ITPS contract) which will support the “big” Air Force efforts to track and control IT spend. It is intended to ensure adherence to the AF Enterprise Architecture. There will be a Waiver process but it is designed to require substantial justification (read: a disincentive). Mr. Davis highlighted the support for Small Business contracting in the two SB Companion contracts (NetOps, Appsvs) and the ITPS set-aside for Service Disabled Veteran businesses. Small business primes who experience organic growth will be offered an opportunity to transition to the unrestricted contract while small business primes who fail to recertify due to merger or acquisition will “graduate OFF” the NETCENTSII contract. This effectively means “no buy-ins” post award as Harris Corp did of NETCENTS Small Business prime Multimax on the existing contract. There will be “On-Ramps” as needed to augment the Small Business contract pool to ensure adequate participation and competition by small business. Mr. Davis stated the same RFP process and evaluation criteria will be used for On-Ramps.