Competition heats up for $4.6B DISA contract

Management support contract expected to be single award

The battle for a $4.6 billion opportunity is swinging into full-force as the Defense Information Systems Agency has released a request for proposals for the management support contract for the Global Information Grid.

The task order contract is expected to be a single award with a minimum guarantee of $175 million over three years. The ceiling of $4.6 billion includes task orders that would be issued over seven years.

The current contract has two Top 100 companies as prime contractors -- Science Applications International Corp. and Apptis Inc.

Apptis officials declined to comment on whether the company would bid as a prime again. SAIC officials could not be reached for comment.

According to data on FedSources, the current contract has been worth $4.2 billion to SAIC since 2004 and $562 million to Apptis.

Services to be provided under this contract include program management, network operations, and network assurance. The winning contractor will be responsible for supporting day-to-day operations of the GIG.

DISA plans for the contract to be a managed services offering.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

Reader Comments

Fri, Jan 21, 2011 Jack Bethesda

EAch year there are hundreds or thousands of RFPs that attract only one bid, or even no bid. The def. provided, without some description of the field and their intentions, is somewhat limp. Most competitors are active long before the RFP for this type of program. The RFP heats up the proposal process. It can also affect the competition, including decreasing it if the RFP leans in a narrowing direction. I know you can write headlines better than the Huffington Post, for example. Please do.

Fri, Jan 21, 2011 Editor

The competition is heating up because the RFP has been released.

Thu, Jan 20, 2011 Jack Bethesda

I don't understand the assertion that "competition heats up." One can learn who holds the basic contract and can therefore bid on the task, although the article does not name all. And the article does not cite the affirmative decision to bid by any firm because the firms would not disclose it. Some more digging might help loyal readers.

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