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NETCENTSII Application Services Full & Open Awards AnnouncedIndustry Shocked That Only Six Awards Were Made.
According to DEFENSE.GOV, the Air Force has selected six (6) awardees for the NETCENTSII App Services Full & Open contract from 21 responses received. Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, TYBRIN Corp., Harris IT Services Corp., SRA International, Raytheon, and L-3 National Security Solutions have been awarded a multiple award, indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract.
- Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, Owego, N.Y., (FA8732-13-D-0001)
- TYBRIN Corp., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., (FA8732-13-D-0002)
- Harris IT Services Corp., Dulles, Va., (FA8732-13-D-0005)
- SRA International, Fairfax, Va., (FA8732-13-D-0003)
- Raytheon, Garland, Texas, (FA8732-13-D-0006)
- L-3 National Security Solutions, Reston, Va., (FA8732-13-D-0004)
This contract vehicle will provide services such as sustainment, migration, integration, training, help desk support, testing and operational support. Other services include, but are not limited to, exposing data from authoritative data sources to support web-services or service oriented architecture constructs in Air Force enterprise environments.
This contract vehicle is the mandatory source for all Air Force units purchasing services that fall under the scope of the contract. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition; offers were solicited electronically through Federal Business Opportunities website and 21 offers were received. Some of the unsuccessful bidders include: SAIC, General Dynamics (incumbent), Northrop Grumman, NCI (incumbent), CSC, and CACI.
The period of performance is seven years, and the ordering period is a three year basic period with four 12-month options, if exercised. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/HICK, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Ala., is the contracting activity.
The Air Force states the Notional Schedule released in June (listed below) remains valid for all other NETCENTSII contract awards. However, two Air Force sources state the NETOPS Small Business awards are expected in October 2013.
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.
For NC2 devotees there was no new information provided by Stephen Davis and Ardis Hearn at the NETCENTSII briefing held at AFITC this week in Montgomery. The presentation was clearly aimed at Air Force users, not industry, in focusing on the Mandatory Use Policy, its rationale, governance, and waiver process might be used. Stephen Davis is the Chief, Enterprise Systems Branch, AFPEO-EIS, and Ardis Hearn is the Chief Engineer, NETCENTSII, Enterprise Services Division. The Mandatory Use Policy was signed out in May (2011) by SAF/A6 and SAF/AQ.
In a departure from previous AFITC briefings, Mr. Davis took questions from the packed session from both industry and NC-2 Users. A question was asked about the postponement of the NETCENTSII ITPS contract competition which was answered as a resource availability issue, not a change in the requirement or commitment for the ITPS contract competition. An Air Force user brought up a problem he encountered on the awarded EISM contract in pursuing a Waiver whose delay resulted in lost funding. A question was asked about how the NETOPS contract Task Orders would be assigned to either the Unrestricted or Small Business Companion contract given that the RFP requirements were identical; would there be a DELEX Decision/Rule of Two type determination made centrally? Mr. Davis answered by saying the Contracting Officer at origin would make that determination. Ardis Hearn added that the two efforts were not identical as the Unrestricted competition required a “CMMI or ISO Qualification.” (ED: The Small Business Companion RFP also required CMMI or ISO qualiifications to bid.)
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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.