For PC-3, Army officials choose IDIQ contract method over BPA

The Army will award PC-3 contracts by mid-February, said Lee Harvey, a division chief
at the Communications-Electronics Command Acquisition Center-Washington. The current PC-2
contracts expire at the end of January.

Army officials surveyed vendors about pricing differences before deciding to stay with
an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract instead of negotiating blanket
purchasing agreements.

Vendors “told us the Army has a history of sales and commitment with IDIQs, so
we’d get the best pricing,” Harvey said.

Like PC-2, PC-3 will be a dual-award contract with mandatory five-year warranties,
Harvey said. Unlike the preceding buy, however, warranties will be mandatory only in the
continental United States.

Also, CAC-W will have the option of extending the contracts for another year in 2001.

PC-3 will offer standard and high-performance configurations. CAC-W will give
preference to bidders that propose products appearing on enterprise hardware lists
published by GartnerGroup Inc. of Stamford, Conn.

Vendors must supply customer references to show they have fulfilled contracts of
similar size and scope, Harvey said.

Probable bidders include Compaq Computer Corp.; Dunn/IDP Computer Corp. of Dulles, Va.;
Government Technology Services Inc. of Chantilly, Va.; Micron Electronics Inc. of Nampa,
Idaho; and Vanstar Government Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va., industry sources said.

CAC-W officials plan to award Portable-3 in late April, Harvey said. Portable-3 will
require four notebook computer types from each contractor: rugged, lightweight, standard
and high-performance.   

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