Energy awards $409m for seat management

The Energy Department has awarded a five-year, $409 million task order for seat management and IT and telecommunications support.

In one of the largest small-business awards it has made, Energy used a Commerce Department governmentwide acquisition contract to hire RS Information Systems Inc. As part of the effort, the McLean, Va., company expects to help Energy design a departmental enterprise architecture.

Energy is 'very interested in moving toward a managed-services paradigm,' said Rodney P. Hunt, president and chief executive officer of the company.

Hunt said RS Information Systems has experience from working on a $100 million seat management contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The small-business set-aside task order was awarded through the Commerce Information Technology Solutions contract.

'Making contract opportunities available to the small business community is one of my priorities,' Energy secretary Spencer Abraham said in a statement.

Personal notification

An agency contracting officer usually notifies successful bidders, but Hunt said that Abraham phoned him with news of the task order award to demonstrate his interest in the small-business program.

The company will start work April 1 on most of the services in the task order, including network and help-desk support. Work on application development and legacy systems will begin May 1.
Subcontractors on the Energy task order are Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. of McLean, Va., IBM Corp., Qwest Communications International Inc. of Denver and Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego.

A small-business consortium also will play a subcontractor role in the task order, Hunt said.

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