FBI takes over the management of $7B IT procurement

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The agency will still lean on the General Services Administration's Schedule in developing this contract vehicle.

The FBI has decided to go on its own for developing the next iteration of an approximately $7 billion IT solutions and services contract vehicle.

In a Sam.gov noticed posted Feb. 17, the General Services Administration announced that the FBI would “retain all phases (pre award and post award functions) of this procurement.”

The FBI will continue to develop the vehicle as a set of blanket purchase agreements, which require companies to hold a GSA schedule.

But the notice states that “GSA will no longer be responsible for the award of this requirement."

Neither the FBI nor GSA are giving any reasons for the shift. The FBI will provide status checks via Sam.Gov as well as biz.fbi.gov.

Questions from potential bidders should be sent to this email address: ITSSS2ATfbiDOTgov.

The FBI wants to make awards before the end of this calendar year and expects to release a solicitation for the BPAs by mid-summer. An industry day should take place in the late spring ahead of the solicitation.

The current iteration of the Information Technology Supplies and Support Services program has 46 companies with a BPA, according to Deltek.

Service areas under the BPAs cut across seven main categories of the FBI's IT needs:

  • Workplace solutions and services: client computing, communication and collaboration and connectivity.
  • Business application solutions and services: product management, marketing and sales, and customer services.
  • Deliver solutions and services: strategy and planning, design and development and security and compliance.
  • Platform solutions: application infrastructure that includes databases and middleware.
  • Infrastructure solutions: computing power and other resources, data centers, networks, storage.

Two other categories appear to be open-ended. What the FBI terms "emerging technologies" will cover research-and-development.

The "Other IT Services" category is also a catch-all of sorts but does list audio-video, human language services and intelligence analysis.

Some of the notable incumbents include Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI International, IBM, ManTech and Science Applications International Corp.