Optimus team wins first task orders under BITS II

A team led by Optimus Corp. of Silver Spring, Md., has won the first two task orders under the Broad Information Technology Services II contract, Optimus officials announced today.

Optimus provides public safety technology.

BITS II is an information technology and telecommunications support services contract sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration and open to all federal agencies.

The FAA awarded BITS II contracts to 34 small businesses on June 24. The indefinite-delivery, indefinite quantity contracts are worth at least $20,000 and as much as $50 million to each company over eight years, according to the FAA.

The task orders, combined, are worth more than $400,000, according to Optimus.

Under the task orders, Optimus will work with team member Veracity Engineering LLC of Washington to provide program management and technical support services for system design, integration and evaluation of the Airport Vehicle Tracking System and Airport Light Emitting Diode Lighting Communication and Power Infrastructure, company officials said.

All 34 BITS II contracts went to small and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses. Eighteen contracts were awarded to 8(a) small businesses, nine contracts were awarded to small businesses, six were awarded to women-owned small businesses and one contract was awarded to a minority-owned business.

The Optimus team is comprised of 24 companies, including 8(a), HUBZone, veteran-owned and women-owned small businesses. Each company will serve as either a mentor or a protégé in the FAA's Mentor-Protégé program throughout BITS II, helping advance the next generation of government IT and telecommunications firms, according to Optimus officials.

Optimus customers include the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration and NASA.

(Updated 3:28 p.m.)

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