Acquisition

Army extends software contracts under ITES

NOTE: This story first appeared on FCW.com.

The Army extended contracts of three commercial software providers on its Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software (ITES-SW) multiple award acquisition vehicle as it considers bidders for a follow-on.

ITES-SW prime contractors Four Inc., Immix Technology, and Carahsoft Technology Corp. have been given two more months on the existing contract by the Army's Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) office at Ft. Belvoir, Va.

CHESS announced the extension in an Aug. 7 statement in coordination with the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island.

ITES-SW is an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle that facilitates vetted software for the Army's enterprise operations. Through the IDIQ, Four, Immix and Carahsoft provide commercial off-the-shelf software and services for a variety of applications, including IT security, modeling and simulation, multimedia and design, as well as program and development, according to CHESS.

The extension is required, said CHESS Product Lead Wayne Sok in the Aug. 7 statement to provide continuity as the Army works its way through source selection for ITES-SW successor, ITES-SW2.

"The extension will allow Army customers uninterrupted access to this important software vehicle at no fee as we continue to process orders through CHESS' online RFQ Tool on the CHESS IT e-mart website," he said.

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, tele.com 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.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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