What 5 contracts will reshape the market?

Deltek's civilian report finds trend-setting procurements in the works

The government market might have some tight times ahead but there are still some large civilian agency contracts in the works that will help shape the market going forward.

At this morning’s Deltek FedFocus 2013 event, Brian Haney, vice president of client services, described five civilian contracts that are “market-movers” and will determine were spending will occur.

The first market-moving civilian opportunity is the GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contract (OASIS). Its value is estimated to be worth $12 billion over 10 years, and is “one of the rare, brand new opportunities that exist right now,” Haney said.

The contract’s purpose is to support the program management function; it requires professional services with an equal ancillary IT component, according to the presentation.

The vehicle will be structured similarly to GSA's Alliant. “If you’re looking for a long haul engagement, that’s what this is for,” Haney said.

As a new vehicle there are no incumbents. The request for proposals is estimated to be released in January 2013.

The next market-moving opportunity is NASA’s Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement V (SEWP V). In Haney’s opinion, the SEWP contract is “possibly one of the greatest examples of true public and private partnership.”

It’s a contract generally for computer equipment, and therefore, “there isn’t much distinction between the top incumbents and the next few,” he said. "Work tends to be evenly spread among the contract holders."

There are 52 incumbents for this contract, with the top four being World Wide Technology Inc., CDW, GTSI and Sword & Shield.

As for its value, it’s worth roughly $10.5 billion over seven years, Haney said. Additionally, lots/groups are anticipated for various socioeconomic statuses, like service-disabled veteran-owned, woman-owned, and 8(a) small businesses. Its RFP is estimated to be released in May 2013.

The third market-mover is the Health and Human Department’s Chief Information Officer-New contract (CIO-New). Unlike the previous NASA contract, the lead incumbents of this contract, which include World Wide Technology Inc., Northrop Grumman, FCN and Harris Corp., are more likely to do most of the required work, but the vehicle is still “a chance for potentially new vendors to become part of this community,” Haney said.

The contract is valued to be at $6 billion over 10 years, and is for health IT and biotechnical research, goods and services. Its RFP is estimated to be released in January 2013.

Fourth on the list is the Homeland Security Department’s BiowatchGen3, Phase II. According to Haney, it’s “one of the few single-award contracts going on in this space right now, in terms of its size.”

It’s estimated value is $3 billion over five years, and calls for autonomous biodetection systems, including production, support, deployment and maintenance. So far, there are no incumbents on the contract. Deltek estimated its RFP to be released sometime in December, but Haney said that we “may not see a final RFP on this until the early part of the next calendar year.”

The fifth opportunity that is most likely to be a market-mover “may surprise a lot of folks,” Haney said. It’s the Education Department’s Common Services for Borrowers (CSB) contract.

The Education Department is one of the faster growing agencies, according to Deltek data. The contract also is expected to be a single-award contract, and its primary requirements are to develop, operate and maintain applications for integration loan servicing solution in support of FSA’s modernization and integration of loan servicing processes.

It’s valued at $2.3 billion over 10 years, and the only incumbent is Xerox Corp. RFP is estimated to be released in June 2013, Haney said.

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Mark Hoover is a senior staff writer with Washington Technology. You can contact him at, or connect with him on Twitter at @mhooverWT.

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