Army adds another $652M to ITES-2H contract
The Army has added another $652 million to the ITES-2H contract to create a better bridge to the next version of the $5 billion hardware contract.
The Army is in source selection for ITES-3H and awards are expected before the end of the fiscal year or Sept. 30. But given the nature of the market and the possibility of bid protests, the Army is prudent in adding more time and money to the current contract.
Receiving extension are the six incumbents on the contract:
- Dell Federal Systems
- IBM Corp.
- Unicom Government
- Iron Bow Technologies
- World Wide Technology
The extension keeps the contract active through June 23, 2016. The Army CHESS IT website says the extension is only for the performance period only. Delivery orders must begin before June 23, 2015. Orders made before that date can be executed and delivered through June 23, 2016.
The ITES-2H contract is used to buy a variety of IT hardware including servers, workstations, thin clients, PCs and laptops and related services.
This is at least the second extension for the contract which was first awarded in 2007. Last year, the Army tacked on another 12 months as it worked through delays in the making awards for ITES-3H.
If the Army makes the awards before the end of the fiscal year, it’ll have at least nine months to work through bid protests and other post-award issues.
Posted by Nick Wakeman on Jun 12, 2015 at 9:33 AM