CONTRACT AND BUYERS GUIDES: 8 Avenues To Smart Buying [BONUS]

As a DOD IT buyer, you have a wide variety of avenues to get IT. So where do you start? Here are 8 good places to start.

1. DISA DITCO (Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization)
http://www.ditco.disa.mil
Visit and you will find a multitude of information for government buyers, employees and contractors including: ordering IT Supplies/Services; IT Supplies and Services; collections of contractor past performance information; COR & TM review of proposals; Telecommunication Inventory Billing Information; Customer Reports such as inventory reports, supporting documents for bills, and other miscellaneous reports and data.

 

2. DISA Direct
https://www.disadirect.disa.mil/ products/asp/welcome.asp
Here you’ll find DISA's ordering suite of tools for requesting telecommunication products and services. According to the website, DISA Direct is also referred to as DISA Direct Order Entry (DDOE). All persons requiring access to DISA Direct to place orders are required to create a User ID and then utilize the Registration tool to obtain the appropriate role for access to the various DISA Direct tools.

 

The DISA Direct goal is to provide customers “with one stop to gather information about the products/services offered by DISA, place orders to acquire these products/services, and perform life-cycle management of these assets.”

 

3. CHESS (Computing Hardware and Enterprise Software: 2006 – 2016)
https://ascp.monmouth.army.mil/scp/index.jsp
In February 2008, the longtime ASCP program officially changed its name to CHESS.  According to CHESS, “the new name draws upon the program's ability to provide hardware and software solutions that are compliant with DOD, Army and Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) standards.

 

The $5 billion IDIQ contract’s mission remains to “be the Army's primary source to support the Warfighter's information dominance objectives by developing, implementing and managing commercial IT by providing desktop PCs, notebooks, printers, scanners, displays, networking and other equipment.

In addition to DOD specific contracts, all
government buyers have access to GSA Schedules and government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs) from GSA, NASA and NIH. You ability to use these contract vehicles is based upon your department or agency policy.


Over the years, CHESS has allowed smaller buyers of commodity PC equipment to “bundle” their requirements with larger customers and achieve cost savings through better economies of scale. CHESS has also made the contract more accessible by virtue of its “it-email”.

 

4. Army ITES-2
The Army’s Information Technology Enterprise Solutions runs from 2006-2015 and is a $20 billion follow-on agreement with 16 vendors to meet task order requests for a broad range of IT services and solutions central to the Army’s drive to develop a global network-centric enterprise. The program is a sibling of the ITES-2H hardware contract for servers, storage and other infrastructure components.

 

ITES-2 contracts support Army combat systems, including command, control, communications and computers, and business systems. Task areas include IT services, program and project management, systems operation and maintenance, network support, information systems security, IA, BPR, education and training. ITES 2 is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract vehicle that provides the full range of IT services and solutions to the Government.

 

Visit https://ascp.monmouth.army.mil/scp/index.jsp

 

5. Air Force NETCENTS
https://ossg.gunter.af.mil/aq/netcents/homepage.aspx 
The Air force Network Centric Solutions runs through 2009. It is a NETCENTS is a $9 billion IDIQ contract for engineering, software development, integration, security and telephone services, as well as voice, video and data hardware and software supporting DOD’s Global Information Grid architecture.

 

The 8-vendor contract is expected to be re-bid next year as part of a more comprehensive follow-on program, or set of programs. NETCENTS and its follow-on are considered crucial to the Air Force’s effort to ensure interoperability through standards-based tech. The contract also provides services such as configuration management, training, logistics and inventory management.

 

6. DISA ENCORE II (2008 – 2013)
http://www.ditco.disa.mil/hq/contracts/encorchar.asp
The recently awarded ENCORE II is a five year, $12.2 billion IT support contract for global network-centric services. 12 small businesses were chosen to provide services to improve situational awareness by enhancing how the military services share information.

 

According to DISA, Encore will provide network engineering services, analytical support for buying and installing IT systems, and a way to buy various products, including hardware. The program supports command and control, intelligence and mission-support areas, and the Global Information Grid.

 

7. The Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI)
http://www.esi.mil
Though not a contract itself, ESI is an effort to implement a software enterprise management process across DOD.

 

Its mission is “to lead in the establishment and management of enterprise COTS IT agreements, assets, and policies for the purpose of lowering total cost of ownership across the DoD, Coast Guard and Intelligence communities. The ESI Working Group is comprised of members from major DoD Components and they appoint a Software Product Manager (SPM) to consolidate requirements and develop a business case, negotiate best-value deals, and administer the resulting agreements that develop and execute Software Asset Management within DOD and DISA.

 

8. DISN (Defense Information Systems Network)
The DISN DGS contracts provide life cycle support management for the DISN worldwide. The contracts can be used for a wide variety of program and financial management and systems engineering and networking services including digital voice system (DVS) program and operations support. They are open to all of DOD, its authorized customers and other federal agencies.  

Save July 28-September 30, 2008!
Get Discounts on Notebooks and Desktops!
Shop the 7th Army Consolidated Buy (CB)!
 

CHESS is sponsoring the 7th Army Consolidated Buy (CB). Two desktop and two notebook configurations will be available at discounted prices. New for CB7 is a category for rugged/semi-rugged notebooks and increases in the memory and hard drive sizes of the base systems. Discounted options, upgrades, and displays will also be offered.

All systems meet or exceed the minimum requirements of the NETCOM/9th ASC Technical Authority (TA) for the Army Enterprise Desktop Standardization and will be loaded with the latest version of the Army Golden Master (AGM) which includes the Vista operating system.

Go to https://ascp.monmouth.army.mil/scp/index.jsp to order.