CONTRACT AND BUYERS GUIDES: Army PEO EIS Contract News

The Army Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) is transitioning to the future in a number of ways.  One is a change in focus for the former Army Small Computer Program, which is now Project Director, Computing, Hardware and Enterprise Software Solutions (PD CHESS).  Another is a recent contract award for program management services.  In March, the US Army Contracting Agency-ITEC4 awarded five contracts toward the Program Management Support Services II (PMSS2).  This multiple-award ID/IQ will have a ceiling value of more than $478 million over five years.

PEO EIS has three contracts in the works and recently released two Requests for Information (RFIs), including:

 

1) Information Technology Services - Small Business (ITS-SB), which will provide a vehicle for IT services not otherwise defined in other ASCP (CHESS) contract vehicles.  Proposed ITS-SB task areas include Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V), Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6), Information Assurance (IA), and warranty and maintenance. Proposed contract terms include a two-year base with three additional one-year options. A solicitation is expected in late May, with awards planned for September.

 

2) Passive Radio Frequency Identification (pRFID) will consist of multiple award, Indefinite-Delivery-Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to provide Passive RFID Electronic Product Code (EPC) Class 1, Gen 2, (and when available Class 2, Gen 2) hardware, software, documentation and incidental services.  Incidental services include training, warranty and maintenance services, and technical engineering services (TES).  Delivery, installation, documentation and services will be required at continental United States (CONUS) and outside the continental U.S. (OCONUS) government locations. The contracts are expected to have a three-year base period for ordering and an additional three-year maintenance period. The anticipated award date for pRFID is May 2008.

 

3) Active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) will consist of multiple award, IDIQ contracts providing interoperable ISO/IEC 18000-7:2008 compliant active RFID (aRFID) hardware and software, as well as documentation and incidental services, including training, warranty and maintenance, and technical engineering services (TES). The aRFID contracts are anticipated to have a three-year base period with two, one-year options. The aRFID contracts are also expected to offer a maintenance period. The anticipated award date is Jan. 2009.

 

4) An Army Records Management System (RMS) RFI was released to ITES2S vendors and the IT E-Mart in February, to identify potentially qualified sources to provide COTS software, subscription/software licenses, technical and implementation services to support an Army Records Management System (RMS). The RMS would serve as a single, standard system to support the collection, storage, retrieval, and preservation of official records.

 

5) An Area Processing Centers (APC) RFI was also posted in February to conduct market research into leveraging industry best practices and available technologies to accomplish three of the Army’s primary enterprise IT goals: improving the delivery of IT services; increasing information and network security; and reducing IT costs. The Army is required to provide common IT voice, video and data services to its user base of approximately 1.3 million users distributed across six regions (PACOM, EUCOM, SOUTHCOM, NORTHCOM, CENTCOM, and AFRICOM) on multiple networks, operating on four security levels. Industry feedback is vitally important to this RFI, and may assist in the development of future acquisition strategies.

 

The two RFIs were issued solely for information and planning purposes. There is no solicitation nor was a timeline developed for a potential contract award by press time.  The RFIs should not be considered an invitation for bid, request for quotation, request for proposal or as an obligation of the government to acquire any products or services.  Any response will be treated as information only.  The government will review all information submitted to determine next steps.