Army announces ITES2 awards
- By Dawn S. Onley
- Apr 14, 2006
Despite several lengthy delays caused by reviews and evaluations, the Army awarded 11 contracts today under its $20 billion Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-2 Services program.
The contracts will run for nine years, including a three-year base period with two, three-year options. Army officials initially said they would award eight contracts, four to large businesses and four to businesses with fewer than 1,500 employees. But the winning vendors are comprised of eight large companies and three small businesses.
The eight large businesses winning the contract are:
- Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
- CACI International Inc.
- Computer Sciences Corp.
- EDS Corp.
- General Dynamics Corp.
- IBM Corp.
- Lockheed Martin Corp.
- Science Applications International Corp.
The three small businesses are:
- Apptis Inc. of Chantilly, Va.
- STG Inc. of Reston, Va.
- QSS Group Inc. of Lanham, Md.
"ITES-2S will form a procurement cornerstone for the next decade as we build the Army IT enterprise. We look forward to working with all of the successful contractors in a strong partnership in the years ahead," said Kevin Carroll, the Army's program executive officer for enterprise information systems, headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va.
Carroll said previously that the process took longer than anticipated because officials wanted ample time to refine the performance-based contracting focus of ITES-2S.
The Army had previously selected 17 companies to compete for the ITES-2S contract.
ITES-2S is a consolidated contract vehicle for products and services, and serves as a follow-on to the original ITES-Enterprise Mission Support Services Solutions contracts. The services under ITES-2S include business process reengineering, information systems security, information assurance, IT services, network support, systems operations and maintenance, program management, enterprise design, integration and consolidation and education and training.
Also included under the contract vehicle is support "to analyze requirements, develop and implement recommended solutions, and operate and maintain legacy systems, and equipment," according to an announcement.
The Army, the Defense Department and other federal agencies are authorized to order off of ITES-2S by issuing individual task orders.
"It is anticipated that the ITES-2S solutions will enhance the Army Net-operations/Net-centric capabilities and holistically support the Army customers, with a goal of providing a common look and feel for Army applications at all levels of both the strategic and tactical Army enterprise," according to the announcement.
The Army is also expected to soon release a request for proposals for its $10 billion Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-2 Hardware program. ITES-2H will run for 10 years and calls for contractors to provide for the purchase and lease of commercial servers, desktops, notebooks, workstations, thin clients, storage systems, networking equipment, printers and peripherals, including cabling products, monitors, VTC products, scanners, software and warranty options. Also included are technology refreshes over the life of the contract.