DISA seeks HUBZone contractor

The Defense Information Systems Agency has issued a request for information about systems engineering, program management and technical help from small businesses for an aggressive modernization program under way at the White House Communications Agency.

DISA provides program management and communications engineering support to WHCA. In the RFI released last month, the agency is seeking information from commercial vendors within the Small Business Administration's Historically Underutilized Business Zone Certification Category with engineering expertise.

The modernization program at WHCA involves upgrading selected critical systems, according to the RFI.

'These upgrades are vital in ensuring WHCA will be able to meet their expanding commander-in-chief support mission in the coming months,' the RFI said.

DISA is seeking small businesses with expertise in areas including:
  • Network implementation

  • Optical communications

  • Computer networks

  • Voice and video over IP

  • Mobile IP

  • IP Version 6

  • Cryptography and network security

  • Network management and monitoring

  • Cellular telephony

  • Satellite communications architectures.

DISA also requested that vendors' staffs have Defense security clearances and various IT certifications.

'DISA is interested in industry capabilities ... including activities involving enterprise architecture and integration engineering, requirements and concept of operations, definition, future planning, technical assessments, interoperability analyses and configuration management,' according to the agency.

To read the RFI online, visit www.gcn.com and enter 141 in the GCN.com/box. Vendors must submit responses electronically.

Earlier this year, DISA improved communications between the White House's Oval Office and Air Force One by installing a secure videoconferencing link on the aircraft, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege Jr., director of DISA.

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