USAID picks teams to vie for $300m in IT work

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded blanket purchase agreements to four contractor teams that will compete for up to $300 million in software task orders over the next five years.

AID announced the winners of the Principal Resource for Information Management Enterprise-wide 3.4 blanket purchase agreements in an internal memo last week.

Two large-business teams and two small-business teams received awards. They are:
  • AINS Inc. of Rockville, Md., a small business, teamed with ASIS Inc. of Falls Church, Va.; American Systems Corp. of Chantilly, Va.; Computer Sciences Corp.; Oracle USA Inc. and Pillar Systems Corp. of Alexandria, Va.
  • BearingPoint Inc., a large business, teamed with Northrop Grumman Corp., IBM Corp., CACI International Inc. and Compusearch Software Systems of Dulles, Va.
  • Development InfoStructure, or Devis, of Arlington, Va., a small business, teamed with Unisys Corp. and
  • Systems Research and Applications Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of SRA International Inc. and a large business, teamed with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC; PRO-telligent of Arlington, Va.; Sysmatics of Goldendale, Wash.; Customer Value Partners of Fairfax, Va.; Delta Solutions Inc. of San Francisco; Infoterra USA of Arlington, Va.; Pillar Data Systems Corp of Alexandria, Va.; Compusearch Software Systems and TKC Communications of Fairfax, Va.

The Prime 3.4 contract award follows on the Prime 3.1 and Prime 3.2 BPA contracts issued earlier in fiscal 2006. Prime 3.2 involved contract awards mainly covering infrastructure services that could total $4 billion over five years. An additional procurement for IT security, Prime 3.3, is on hold, sources said.

The Prime 3.4 contract replaces an earlier contract with SRA known as Prime 2.2, according to industry sources. USAID launched the Prime 3.4 procurement because it had run up against the spending ceiling in Prime 2.2, the sources said.

Prime 3.4 covers a broad range of IT services, including system maintenance, modernization and Internet development support, among others.

USAID said it might extend the Prime 3.4 contracts beyond the initial five-year period to meet its needs for IT support.

'The PRIME 3.4 vehicle will be the main mechanism for modernizing USAID as it integrates more closely with the State Department,' according to an e-mail comment by Martin Hudson, Devis vice president.

Devis noted in a press statement cleared by the agency that USAID's program management office, Information Systems Modernization and Maintenance division or PMO/ISMM, is responsible for more than 100 applications that support more than 6,000 users in Washington and around the world.

'This BPA will support PMO/ISMM information technology studies, systems engineering, database design, database administration, software design and customization, system deployment, system maintenance, operations, technical support, and training,' the Devis statement said.

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