Air Force previews business transformation vehicle recompete

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The ceiling is poised to be at least three times larger than that of the current iteration.

The Air Force has given industry a new glimpse at its plans to recompete a contract vehicle focused on business and other strategic transformation initiatives that is poised to have a much larger ceiling value.

Comments and feedback from companies are due Aug. 15 regarding this next iteration of the Air Force Strategic Transformation Support program, also known as AFSTS, the branch said in a draft acquisition strategy posted Tuesday. was down for maintenance when this story was published, but that document is available here via GovTribe. The solicitation number for this procurement is FA701423R0019 and goes by the slightly modified name of Department of the Air Force Strategic Transformation Support II, or DAFSTS II.

DAFSTS II's potential shared ceiling value will range between $3 billion and $5 billion, the document says.

The Air Force awarded the current AFSTS contract in June 2020 to eight companies at a shared ceiling of $990 million. Booz Allen Hamilton continued as an incumbent, while seven newcomers also received awards as the branch looked to expand the program to a wider group of companies.

Approximately 56% of that ceiling has been obligated since then, with KPMG and Deloitte as the two largest task order recipients, also according to GovTribe data. KPMG and Deloitte have respectively booked $146 million and $144 million in work to-date.

For the recompete, the Air Force intends for the ordering period to take place between June 2024 and 2029 with awardees split into a pair of tiers and companies only allowed to bid for one of them.

The draft acquisition strategy describes tier one as focusing on “highly complex, undefined and unstructured problems" that are "usually large in scale with little context or definition provided."

Companies interested in tier one must include in their proposals past corporate experience in successfully performing studies, research and analysis and developing transformational strategies for Fortune 1-50 companies.

Problems in tier two are called “moderate to complex," where the requirements are complex but usually understood with a goal defined. Corporate experience examples for this tier expand the pool of companies to Fortune 1-200.

The draft acquisition strategy does not give a timeline for when the Air Force expects to unveil a final solicitation.