GSA expects to leave no Millennia money unspent







Its experience with an existing systems services buy tells the General Services
Administration that the government will likely hit the $25 billion ceiling on the new
10-year Millennia information technology services program.


GSA’s Federal Technology Service awarded 12 contracts last month for Millennia,
the follow-on to the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center’s 9600 IT
services program.


“We put $2 billion through [9600] in the first three years, and the trend line was
straight up,” said Charles Self, assistant commissioner for FTS’ Office of IT
Integration. Awarded in late 1995, 9600 had a ceiling of $840 million.


“We intended it to be a five-year contract, but we ran out of ceiling,” Self
said.


Millennia covers a broad range of services for large-scale systems integration and
development projects. The program will be refreshed with emerging technologies over its
life, Self said.


It is open to all government buyers, unlike 9600, which was limited to FEDSIM
customers.


Within the categories of software engineering, communications and systems engineering,
Millennia contractors can supply hardware and ancillary equipment, software, firmware, and
services such as telecommunications and support.


The contract has five base years and a five-year option.


Self said the Millennia program is de-signed for projects that cost hundreds of
millions of dollars. To qualify, the vendors that bid on the indefinite-delivery,
indefinite-quantity buy had to have track records of working on large systems.


“It’s not for the kind of thing you do under a schedule contract,” he
said. “The intent is very large, very broad task orders. There aren’t any small
or midsize companies on this.”


The 12 Millennia contractors are:

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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