GSA, Air Force partner on next NetCents hardware pact

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The General Services Administration and the Air Force are working to set up a multiple-award blanket purchase agreement for IT hardware and products that will replace the $7 billion Network Centric Solutions-2 contract.

Kay Ely, assistant commissioner at the GSA's Office of Information Technology Category, said in a Sept. 7 blog post that her agency signed a memorandum of understanding with the Air Force this past summer to set the Netcents-2  IT Products BPA. The BPA, she said, is based on her agency's IT hardware category team and IT Schedule 70.

The Air Force's Netcents-2 IT indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract is up in November 2019.

The IT Products BPA will to be available to all federal government agencies and  state, local and tribal entities through the agency's cooperative purchasing program, Ely said.

"The solution we develop will streamline the Air Force's acquisition process -- and, the federal government's, more broadly -- as well as reduce contract duplication, while saving time, resources, and taxpayer dollars," she said.

Netcents-2 is a family of contracts that includes IT products, network operations and infrastructure as well as applications services and application services small businesses.

The effort to replace the Air Force's Netcents-2 Application Services Small Business contract is bogged down in preaward protests. It is set to expire in June 2019, to be replaced by the Small Business Enterprise Applications Solutions IDIQ, or SBEAS. Over the last 10 months, there have been 14 protests filed at the Government Accountability Office.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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