The NETCENTS-2 Products contract has been awarded to twenty-five companies. T 25 Primes will undoubtedly expand their voice and data equipment suppliers’ catalog to include new capabilities. Many times the supporting services flow through to the OEM if it’s a highly specialized skill set required to deliver the solution. They will undoubtedly each have vendor registration portals to facilitate this.
NETCENTSII.com has emailed all the companies whose NETCENTSII Awards have been announced asking them for PMO contact information. When or if those companies respond, NETCENTSII.com will update their respective webpage here on this site.Basic information will be available to all.
The NETCENTSII Products contract has been awarded. The new Primes will undoubtedly expand their vendors and supplier catalog to include new capabilities. They will undoubtedly each have vendor registration portals to facilitate this.
The answer to your question is straight-forward but multi-faceted. The Air Force competes its opportunities, generally, and you have to win a contract following an RFQ/RFP process to have them purchase from you. An exception to this general rule is made for very small business firms that qualify in special set-aside categories. Those are 8A and HUBZone firms. A contracting officer has the capability to make a Direct Award up to a dollar limit, which I believe is $4 Million, to 8A and HUBZone firms without competition.
The expert resource for small businesses to meet and work with is the Command’s Small Business Utilization Director/Rep/Manager. They can provide specific advice and guidance to small business firms looking to do business with the Air Force. At the base level, small opportunities (below $25,000.00 value, I believe) are generally posted locally for all to see. I’ve literally seen a cork board with opportunity notices tacked to them in the main gate visitor’s center.
An ‘other than small’ firm has a much harder time establishing business relationships with the Air Force. Most firms, new to the game, work to get on a team with a company who already holds a contract — to sub to them for the work they can provide. That builds knowledge of the Air Force and past performance for you.
Q. I am a contractor looking to build database systems for the government. I am not interested at all in working for other companies since this is overhead and takes away from my moneys. How will this help a small business like myself if only big companies get all of the contracts? This does not seem encouraging at all in my opinion. I am simple not complex. I am trying to provide a service to the government at a reduced rate so the government may kept expenditures down and help pay the national debt down.
A. I understand the independence you seek in offering your services. If you are firmly set in that preference, my suggestion is to look for work outside of the Air Force or the NETCENTSII contract vehicle as the Air Force has clearly articulated their acquisition strategy.In NETCENTSII, the Air Force created contract categories for the types of work they will procure and issued RFPs with requirements aimed at identifying vendors with the breadth of experience and global reach that meets their warfighter needs, at low risk.
My company is a SDB Women Veteran owned company
Q. My company is a SDB Women Veteran owned company is attempting to make contact with your SBD to establish a teaming agreement with a prime for us or for FIRM to act as prime for the SDB set asides. We offer complex high end software development and support, database management and support, network security and has created and sells complex software solutions. If you would be kind enough to have your specialist contact me it would be appreciated.
A. FYI – it is not the role of the SDBU Director to establish a teaming agreement with a prime for your firm or for your FIRM to act as prime for the SDB set asides. But, she can be a great information resource so I recommend you contact:
Ms. Denise Baylor
Office of Small Business Programs, Director (AFPEO-BES AFLCMC/HI)
How many years does a company have to be in operation to apply? Is there a section for SDVOSB? How can i team up with someone on this contract?
A. If you are asking how many years to apply, as in, submit an RFP response — technically none. But, the AF typically evaluates companies on 1) Capability to Perform [through several RFP requirements] and 2) Past Performance for similar work in similar sized opportunities. So, a 50 year old firm with no PP is unlikely to be successful. A new company who subs to a Prime or has other relevant PP might be successful quickly, especially in categories such as SDVOSB. The one remaining NC2 contract area that is presently on INDEFINITE HOLD is a SDVOSB set-aside.
Also you have to be registered in SAM.gov. If you don’t know this site, you must.
I represent an 8a/SDB/SDVOSB company currently supporting Army C4ISR programs
Q. I represent an 8a/SDB/SDVOSB company currently supporting Army C4ISR programs, and was interesting to find out more about the status of this contract effort. Has the RFP been released yet? If we’re late to the game, are their opportunities for small businesses to participate in NETCENTSII post-contract award?
A. Some of the answers to your questions are found, above, in earlier questions. I thought I’d add an OPINION that your 8a/SDB/SDVOSB status will make you attractive to the awarded Large Primes, post-award, who have Small Business Utilization targets to achieve. Qualified 8A and HUBZone companies are hardest to find.As much as the NETCENTS program resists doing business with small business, the weight of court action such as the DELEX DECISION, the OMB ‘Rule of Two’, and recent Presidential Jobs Initiatives (28 Jul 2010) and Small Business Jobs Act (Sep 2010) may begin to drive the NETCENTS/NETCENTSII Program to make real efforts to achieve their annual Small Business Utilization targets.According to the SDBU Director briefing at the AFPEO-BES Venfor Day, while there is no Statutory DOD Small Business Prime Contracting Goal, the DOD-assigned SB Goal is 31.7%. As of 25 August 2011, the Air Force achieved 12.42%.
A. If you are asking for an official Air Force response to your question , I would recommend you contact PMO (No longer disclosed on aF website) at email@example.com . He is the NETCENTSII Program Manager. I am not sure what you mean by ‘team members’ but let me offer the following. The NETCENTSII.com understanding is that prospective Offerors (before or after Award) can expand their non-core team members as unique capabilities warrant their inclusion. It is not likely that any post-submission addition will have any bearing on an acquisition that has been submitted and is under Source Selection evaluation. Once awards are made, it is fully expected that the newly awarded Primes will expand their vendors and supplier catalog to include new capabilities required by USAF customers. They may be slow to generally add new team mates while they settle teaming roles on their CORE team. They will undoubtedly each have vendor registration portals to facilitate this.
A. First, NETCENTS is done. No new opportunities will be competed on that vehicle.
Six of the seven NETCENTSII contracts have been competed.
Once awards are made, it is fully expected that the newly awarded Primes will expand their vendors and supplier catalog to include new capabilities required by USAF customers. They may be slow to generally add new team mates while they settle teaming roles on their CORE team. They will undoubtedly each have vendor registration portals to facilitate this.
The USAF has indicated they expect to make 6-9 awards in each of the contract categories. The award pool has grown in several contracts following protests.
Our company is a Motorola Federal Radio Premier Partner. We lost a small business set aside contract that was in the process of being awarded to our company.
Q. Our company is a Motorola Federal Radio Premier Partner. We lost a small business set aside contract that was in the process of being awarded to our company. I want to prevent this from happening again. I would like to know how my Native American owned small business can participate in this contract vehicle. Our largest customer is the U.S. Air Force. Thank you for your assistance.
A. First, I suggest you make contact with Ms. Denise Baylor who is the Small Business Director for the AFPEO-BES. She is a wonderfully dedicated, passionate, and knowledgeable resource for Small Businesses such as yours. She is the best person to answer your question.That said, all of the NETCENTSII Contracts except one have been competed and are in Source Selection. It is not clear, to industry, that the remaining ITPS contract will be issued (likely to be replaced by GSA OASIS). So, your opportunity to participate will be driven by your efforts to secure a relationship with one of the Primes, when announced, in the NETCENTSII contract vehicle appropriate for your interests. From your first sentence, it seems to me you should be focusing on the NETOPS and Infrastructure Solutions contracts, both Full & Open and Small Business Companion. These contracts are currently scheduled to be awarded in
June and September of 2012 4Q15 and 1Q15 respectively. Once awards are made, the newly awarded Primes will undoubtedly expand their vendors and supplier catalog to include new capabilities. They will undoubtedly each have vendor registration portals to facilitate this. The USAF has indicated they expect to make 6-9 awards in each of these contracts.
I’m a very small veteran owned Small Business with over 25 years experience
Q. I’m a very small veteran owned Small Business with over 25 years experience engineering and equipment fulfillment for SONET, GIGE, CWDM/DWDM, Microwave and WiMAX networks. I’d like to apply to participate in some fashion and need your guidance on how to do so.
A1. All small businesses interested in providing products or services to the US Air Force should consult the many excellent resources available to them through the Air Force Small Business site (http://airforcesmallbiz.org/).
A2. The Air Force website Doing Business with the Air Force is another resource for small business. At this site, you can register your Small Business, request a meeting with a SB Rep at a specific location of your interest, and locate a Small Business Specialist.
***DISCLAIMER – Do not expect much to happen from only registering at this AF site. You must actively promote your business to earn business.
A3. Contact us here at NETCENTSII.com for paid consulting services if you’re interested. We have a network of experienced people who can assist you in more detail as needed. Contact us via email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am looking at your website for a specific procurement that has been released but do not find any links.
A. Only the NETCENTSII Prime contract holders have access to specific procurement (aka task orders) documents, they are not posted externally at any site. To see one, the only chance you’ll have is to join one of the existing Primes’ team — and ask them to provide you details.
Is it to late to be an SDVOSB prime?
Q. Is it to late to be an SDVOSB prime? We are a strong SDVOSB with good partners and heard there could possibly more awards.
A. There is one remaining uncompeted NETCENTSII contract and it was to be a SDVOSB Set-aside called IT Professional Support (or ITPS). It’s currently “on hold” with no published date for issuance. The latest understanding is that this has been replaced by the Air Force’s agreement with GSA to use the OASIS contract (even though GSA claims it’s not an IT contract).
Will all 30 awarded companies’ subcontractors be revealed on this website
Q. Will all 30 awarded companies’ subcontractors be revealed on this website, also will how much money each company received be revealed too.
A. We do reach out to each of the announced Primes asking them several questions so we can post information on this site. Some respond, others do not. The Air Force has published annual reports on contract actions and revenue in the past; they may in the future.
Is there a guess on timeline when Air Force will reveal everything
Q. Is there a guess on timeline when Air Force will reveal everything maybe after oct 16-17? I’m trying to see which awarded company brought Accelpath inc for their 3D technology.
A. The Air Force will NEVER reveal everything after Oct. 16-17, or anytime.
Can you send me the list of VARs that won the NetCentsII contract.?
Q. Can you send me the list of VARs that won the NetCentsII contract?
A. They (all Primes) are all listed on this site.