NETCENTSII Awards Pushed Out Again
NETOPS and Infrastructure Full & Open Award Date Slips Another Twelve Months to December 2013
The new Enterprise Services Director, Herb Hunter, introduced the new “Face of NETCENTS,” Mr. Robert ‘Gerry’ Smothers in a late morning session yesterday. Mr. Smothers appeared confident and at ease as he addressed the packed auditorium who came to hear “Straight Talk About NETCENTSII.” He displayed a new award timeline slide showing:
- Application Services Full&Open award date – April 2013.
- Products award date – May 2013.
- NETOPS Small Business award date – August 2013.
- NETOPS Full&Open award date slips one year to December 2013
- ITPS remains “on Hold.”
“Because of the planning that goes on in advance, we’re just now seeing the crest of RFIs going out to to contracts (EISM and App Services) that have been awarded. Things are starting to move along.”
Regarding the number of awards column in a ‘NETCENTS In A Nutshell” slide shown, “I’ve heard the grumbling and complaints from industry but if you look at our estimated number of awards , that’s “a much higher number of vendors/contractors and capabilities [compared to NETCENTS] so we’ll have a better pool to support the Air Force.””If you do the math and think fast-forward, I think it wouldn’t be unreasonable to have eighty (80) of you folks on these contracts.”
NOTE: The number of awards column showed “6-9? for the seven contracts displayed.
Mandatory Use Policy – tremendous value for the Air Force that is recognized by the MAJCOMs. Waivers to the Mandatory Use Policy will have to go through Mr Shofner, PEO NETCENTS, on their way through the process. Mr. Smothers has a high degree of confidence that the Products contract is going to be awarded as they’ve learned from the protest to date.
NETOPS Full & Open: “Straight talk, we’ve taken our resources away from the NETOPS Full & Open effort and put those on the Small Business side understanding the emphasis from top levels on small business, I have a high degree of confidence that its coming out [in August 2013] and will be awarded.”
Regarding App Services Full & Open, Mr. Smothers said protests were upheld and our processes and team are in-order such that he has a high degree of confidence in the date [slide shows April 2013]. Regarding the ITPS contract, it remains on-hold due to a lack of resources to run another procurement.
There will not be an extension of the NETCENTS(1) past September and there will be a two year period of performance past September 15th. On-ramps continue to be part of the NETCENTSII strategy as a methodology to increase small business participation and continue to get access to new technologies. But it is manpower dependent.
2013 NDAA Section 866 – Mr Smothers said the important word is “eligible”, NETCENTSII will not a Seaport-E contract. He believes the Section 866 intent refers to NETCENTS(I) and the that the multiple contracts/multiple awards of NETCENTSII meets the requirement already.