EES wins $1 billion DOE IT consolidation deal

Energy Enterprise Solutions LLC won a $1 billion competitive sourcing contract from the Energy Department to provide consolidated IT services in one of the largest federal IT services contracts ever awarded to a small business.

The award marks one of the few times that federal employees have teamed with industry to win a competitive sourcing contract through the A-76 process, said William Teel Jr., chairman of the board for EES.

The Energy Department's IT workforce was part of the EES team bidding on the contract. EES is a joint venture of the majority owner 1 Source Consulting Inc. of Seabrook, Md., and RS Information Systems Inc. of McLean, Va. 1 Source is a small business and has a mentor-protégé relationship with RSIS. The EES venture was formed in late 2004 as part of the A-76 study.

Under the contract, EES' IT services will include enterprise architecture and capital investment planning, cybersecurity, applications and Web design and engineering for the Energy Department's corporate systems. The company also will provide technical support for the department's IT infrastructure and operations, including telecommunications, network engineering and operations, applications hosting, desktop management and user support services.

Other contractors on the EES-Energy Department team are ASRC Airfield and Range Services Corp., CNSI Inc., DSD Laboratories Inc., Science Applications International Corp., Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., Computer Sciences Corp., e-Management Inc., Highland Technology Services Inc., Project Performance Corp., Qwest Communications International Inc.'s federal systems division, Verizon Communications Inc.'s federal network systems division and IBM Corp.

The President's Management Agenda directs federal agencies to compete activities that are not inherently governmental with private sector contractors. The goal is to make the buying of government services more like the commercial marketplace.

The government usually uses the Office of Management and Budget Circular A?76 process, a federal policy that governs how to determine whether to hold public-private competitions or to convert in-house work to the private sector.

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