Air Force OKs nine BPAs for various IT services

Air Force OKs nine BPAs for various IT services

Col. Neal Fox says the BPAs will cut months'or even years'off the time needed to get an IT project started.

The Air Force's Commercial Information Technology Product Area Directorate has signed off on nine blanket purchase agreements worth $650 million for an array of IT services.

The BPAs, which will run through 2006, will cover software support, networking, security, engineering, training, integration and server consolidation projects, according to Col. Neal Fox, the CIT-PAD director. The directorate is based at the Gunter Annex of Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

'This will be a soup-to-nuts IT services contracting vehicle,' said Fox. 'BPAs allow us to stay up to speed with technology.'

Fox said if an Air Force or other Defense Department customer wants to start an IT project'for example installing a LAN at a facility'the nine large and small companies who won the BPAs will bid on the work.

'I've eliminated the need for them to compete the requirement and contracting work,' he said. 'They just put it on my vehicle.'

Used more often

In essence, the process will cut months, possibly years, off the wait time to get an IT project funded, Fox said. Blanket purchase agreements are an acquisition reform measure that the Air Force is beginning to use more frequently.

'Acquisition streamlining initiatives became a primary goal for this effort, thus BPAs were the best tool in our acquisition toolbox to fulfill the requirement,' said 1st Lt. Kim Groleau, an acquisitions contracting specialist at CIT-PAD.

The BPAs were awarded to five large businesses and four small, disadvantaged companies. The large contractors are Electronic Data Systems Corp.; General Dynamics Corp.; Litton PRC Inc.; Lockheed Martin Corp.; and TRW Inc.

The small businesses are Multimax Inc. of Largo, Md.; RS Information Systems Inc. of McLean, Va.; Sumaria Systems Inc. of Danvers, Mass.; and the Centech Group Inc. of Arlington, Va.
For more information on the BPAs, visit the CIT-PAD Web site at https://afway.af.mil.

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