DHS taps 11 companies for First Source

The Homeland Security Department's goal of consolidating procurement vehicles across its panoply of agencies came closer as the department chose 11 vendors to receive contracts under the First Source procurement for commodity IT gear.

The 11 companies will compete for First Source task orders that could amount to $3 billion over as long as five years. The contracts run for two years with the potential for three one-year extensions.

The following companies gained First Source contracts, according to the FedBizOpps government procurement portal:
  • All Points Logistics Inc. of Titusville, Fla.
  • Computer World Services Corp. of Washington
  • EG Solutions LLC, Reston, Va.
  • Government Acquisitions, Inc., Cincinnati
  • GovPlace of Irvine, Calif.
  • iGov of McLean, Va.
  • MultimaxArray FirstSource of Greenbelt, Md.
  • NCS Technologies Inc. of Manassas, Va.
  • Net Direct Systems LLC of Apex, N.C.
  • Solutions LLC of Reston, Va.
  • ST Net-Apptis FirstSource Joint Venture of Chantilly, Va.
  • WildFlower International Ltd. of Santa Fe, N.M.

The First Source contract winners are set to provide commodity products such as PCs, servers, monitors and the like.

DHS requested proposals from prospective First Source vendors in November 2005 and received them on July 10, 2006, according to Input of Reston, Va.

The department now purchases commodity IT equipment via a range of procurement vehicles, including contracts centered around certain components; task orders against the General Services Administration; and Government-Wide Acquisition schedules and interagency agreements.

First Source vendors will obtain the equipment and its associated software from original equipment manufacturers. The products must support various aspects of the department's IT vision, such as implementing its enterprise architecture, according to the acquisition plan.

First Source is a companion procurement to the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge project, awarded last August. The Eagle acquisition chose vendors to provide IT services across the department.

As of this month, DHS has awarded eight task orders under the Eagle contracts. If the department exercises all options under all eight task orders, their total amount could rise to $74 million.

First Source task orders will replace existing contracts for commodity technology items as the old contracts expire or come up for renewal, according to the procurement plan.

Wilson P. Dizard III and Jana Cranmer are staff writers for Washington Technology's affiliate publication, Government Computer News.

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