NETCENTS-2 Contracting Officer, Francine Nix, indicates the formal Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy approval for NETCENTS-2 acquisition strategy was received 6 October 2009.
The Air Force’s Multi-functional Independent Review Team review and Peer Review for Netcentric Products and NetOps & Infrastructure Solutions are scheduled this month of October .
An update posted on HERBB today indicate there are further reviews required resulting in another slippage in the release date.
- Current proposed schedule release for Application Services (Full & Open) and Small Business Companion RFPs will be no later than November 2009.
- Current proposed schedule release for EISM RFP will be no later than November 2009.
- Current proposed schedule release for NetOps and Infrastructure Solutions RFP will be no later than December 2009.
- Current proposed schedule release for Netcentric Products RFP will be no later than,December 2009.
The August 28, 2009 online article by Matthew Weigelt quotes an un-named owner of an 80 employee small business who believes “They’re basically shopping the NAICS codes” in a way that disadvantages small business owners in favor of larger firms under the new NAICS code chosen by the Air Force.
The dispute revolves around the NAICS code picked for the NetOps and Infrastructure Solutions small business companion contract. Under the wireless telecom carriers code, small businesses are defined as those having fewer than 1,500 employees, while other category size code set the standard as less than $25 million in annual revenue.
“NetCents 2 contract dogged by code-shopping allegation”
The charge was repeated in a Washington Technology blog the next day also written by Matthew Weigelt. In the article, code shopping is described as the practice of choosing NAICS codes that allow favored or larger companies to bid as small businesses, rather than those that most fairly apply to the contract’s scope of work.
The common theme in the many discussions with NETCENTS Primes and NETCENTSII hopefuls attending and exhibiting at last week’s CyberSpace 2010 conference was that the delay in NETCENTSII RFP release was due to PEO level questions on the NETOPS and Infrastructure Solutions Small Business strategy surrounding ON/OFF Ramping companies who grow out of the size standard.
The alternative theme was that the GAO/Delex Decision – “Rule of Two” planning was the delay. At the December Air Force IT Day hosted by AFCEA NOVA, the 754th ELSG Technical Director indicated the Delex Decision/Rule of Two was not part of NETCENTS strategy as DOD Acquisition Authority had not provided specific direction on the ruling.
The Air Force released a new NETCENTSII Award Schedule on October 25th.
- Products award date – Thanksgiving 2013.
- NETOPS Small Business award date – Thanksgiving 2013.
- Application Services Full & Open award date – Thanksgiving 2013.
- NETOPS Full&Open – slips six (6) months to October 2014
- ITPS remains “on Hold.”
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