Army officials expect busy spring for IT contracts

The Army plans in the coming weeks to award a number of big IT contracts for satellite services, hardware and software, and modernization of its infrastructure, senior officials have said.

Companies submitted proposals March 15 for the five-year, $5 billion,
indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity Worldwide Satellite Systems (WWSS) contracts, which are slated for award this spring.

Both Defense Department organizations and non-DOD agencies will be able to order commercial satellite terminals under the contract vehicle.

Kevin Carroll, the Army's program executive officer for Enterprise Information Systems, said the Army plans to award WWSS contracts to six prime contractors, including at least two small businesses.

In mid-April, the Army expects to award ID/IQ contracts to multiple vendors for Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-2 Services, pegged at $20 billion over nine years.

The Army issued the request for proposals in August.

On May 15, the Army plans to issue an RFP for its second round of ITES-2 Hardware ID/IQ contracts, which it hopes to award in August, Carroll said. The new ITES-2H contract will have a ceiling of $10 billion over 10 years.

At the end of April, the Army plans to award Installation Modernization (IMOD), which is part of a larger program called the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP). It has a $4 billion ceiling.

The service also plans to launch a new round of consolidated, large-quantity computer buys under its Army Desktop and Mobile Computing (ADMC-2) vehicle.
The new ADMC commodity procurements will occur twice yearly, with a ceiling of $5 billion over 10 years.

The previous ADMC contracts, to four large and four small businesses, run out at the end of May.

Carroll said other large procurements are in the pipeline for fiscal 2007: two system integration contracts involving biometrics area'developing 'enterprise biometric solutions' is a new responsibility of PEO EIS'and a new ID/IQ contract called Program Manager Support Services-2, which will provide support contractors for PEO-EIS project managers.

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