PEO-BES, Carl Shofner, answered questions after welcoming industry to the Nov 18 Vendor Exchange Forum and the inevitable and immediate questions came about NETCENTSII contract status and recent protest activity.
He stated it was a high priority to have NETCENTSII NetOps Small Business available within six months.
Breaking that down from a PEO perspective, six months supports a timeline as follows:
- Late December award announcement
- Christmas holidays
- Jan 5th - Ten business days (3x day) for Debriefs begin after January New Year
- Jan 16th - Begins ten calendar day period for Protest filing
- Jan 26th - Protest Period closes
- Jan 26 - May 6th - GAO 100 day Protest period
So while we might flinch when he mentioned six months, it seems to accurately capture a PEO level planning period. Mr. Shofner also indicated the NETOPS F&O effort was on-hold as resources were devoted to the NETOPS Small Business protest resolution. The previously announced award date for the NETOPS Full & Open contract will slip.
GAO announces decisions in the NETCENTS-2 Application Services Protests.
Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), of Falls Church, Virginia; HP Enterprise Services, LLC, of Plano, Texas; Harris IT Services Corporation, of Herndon, Virginia; and Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., of McLean, Virginia, protest the award of multiple contracts by the Department of the Air Force under request for proposals (RFP) No. FA8771-09-R-0020, for the acquisition of a wide array of information technology services and products. The protesters generally assert that the agency misevaluated the proposals and made unreasonable source selection decisions. HP additionally alleges that the agency conducted inadequate and unequal discussions.
We sustain the protests.
1. Agency’s cost realism analysis is not supported where evaluation record is devoid of any analysis of the sufficiency of the offerors’ proposed labor categories and labor hours, or meaningful explanation concerning the agency’s basis for accepting the proposed labor hours as realistic to complete the work.
2. Protest challenging agency’s technical evaluation is sustained where the record does not establish that the evaluation considered the appropriateness and reasonableness of the offerors’ labor mixes and labor hours, as required by the solicitation.
3. Protest that past performance evaluation was unreasonable is sustained where agency used a methodology to determine performance confidence ratings that significantly overemphasized relevancy-related criteria over quality, and produced misleading results.
4. Agency’s tradeoff decision considering past performance and cost/price was unreasonable where the past performance evaluation methodology produced misleading results, and where the source selection was in part based on considerations not set forth in the solicitation’s best value award criteria.
5. Protest that agency failed to conduct meaningful discussions concerning price reasonableness is denied where the source selection decision did not consider protester unawardable due to price; protest that agency conducted unequal discussions is denied where post-discussions exchanges with one offeror did not permit modification or revision of that offeror’s proposal."
PEO-BES has posted a new NETCENTSII Award Schedule recently. There are no new dates from the May 2014 Award schedule, just annotations of corrective action underway.
The Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) Industry Day notice (July 31st) for their Base Communications and IT Support requirements was released expecting to use the NETCENTSII NetOps Small Business contract's services.Movie All Is Lost (2013)
"Air Force policy mandates the use of the Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) contracts for communications / IT procurement. AEDC will fulfill its need for BCITS requirements through use of the NETCENTS-2 NetOps Multiple Award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. In the event the NETCENTS-2 NetOps Multiple Award IDIQ contract is UNAVAILABLE FOR ORDERING, AEDC intends to utilize the Alliant Small Business Government-wide Acquisition Contract to fulfill the BCITS requirements. Our scheduled award date for the BCITS task order is 1 June 2015."
Barely a week later, there was a urgent update notifying industry that AEDC had changed their acquisition strategy to use the Alliant Small Business vehicle to meet their schedule requirements.
"Since that publication [original industry day notice], based on conversations with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Enterprise Services Branch, it has been determined that the schedule risk of continuing to utilize the NetOps and Infrastructure category of the NETCENTS-2 contract is an unacceptable schedule risk, and that office has concurred with our request to procure these services using another contract vehicle. The AEDC Team now intends to utilize the GSA Alliant SB contract vehicle to fulfill the BCITS requirements."
The AEDC schedule for their BCITS requirements expects RFP release in November  with award expected in June 2015. The acquisition strategy shift suggests NETCENTSII NETOPS Small Business contract resolution is not expected by November 2014.
According to the GAO Bid Protest Docket, four protests have been filed against the NETCENTSII Application Services Full & Open contract awards. Computer Sciences Corp. filed a protest on July 25, 2014 while Booz Allen Hamilton, H P Enterprise Services LLC, and Harris IT Services Corp. each filed protests on July 28, 2014. Decisions are due November 3, 2014 and November 5, 2014, respectively.
Contracts Awards were announced July 22nd for Lockheed Martin Corp., Jacobs Technology, SRA International, L-3 National Security Solutions, Raytheon, InfoReliance Corp., CACI-ISS, Inc., Northrop Grumman Information Systems, General Dynamics Information Technology, and International Business Machines Corp.
This contract vehicle will provide services such as sustainment, migration, integration, training, help desk support, testing and operational support. This contract vehicle is the mandatory source for all USAF units purchasing services that fall under the scope of the contract and will be available for ordering for a period of seven years (three year base period and four one-year options); the period of performance for any task order shall not extend more than three years beyond the last day of the contract ordering period. This IDIQ has a $960M ceiling value.