Protests and Late Start Muddy NETCENTS-2 future

NETCENTS-2 is not a monolithic contract, but comprises different IDIQ vehicles that all have their own contract ceilings and vendor awards. As of mid-May this year, after years of turmoil and protests, all of them had been awarded and were open for business, each with different teams of contracting officials, engineers and subject matter experts providing users help with acquisitions.

The early awards, in order, are:

  • Enterprise Integration and Service Management: Fully awarded by November 30, 2010, and worth a total of $460 million over eight years, though with a five-year order period that ends after 2015.
  • Application Services (Small Business): Awarded June 21, 2012, with a ceiling of $960 million over 10 years.
  • NetCentric Products: Awarded November 6, 2010, and worth $9.6 billion over six years.
  • The other categories, after delays to settle numerous protests and challenges, were made in March and April 2015
  • Application Services (Full & Open): Awarded March 31, and worth $960 million over 10 years.
  • Network Operations & Infrastructure Solutions (Small Business): Awarded April 2, with a ceiling of $5.79 billion over 10 years.
  • Network Operations & Infrastructure Solutions (Full & Open): Awarded May 15, and worth 7.91 billion over 10 years.
  • The smaller contracts that were awarded early have already seen significant business. EISM, for example, has a five year ordering period running to June 21, 2017 and has a quarter of its ceiling accounted for. The small business Application Services contract ordering runs seven years through June 21, 2019 and half of its total has so far been booked.

The delays in awarding the various contracts means there is some confusion about where the orders stand and what damage may have been caused to the long-term performance of NETCENTS-2. But there’s no longer any leeway to wonder, since the last day for performance or delivery of NETCENTS-1 orders is September 9, 2015.

The many delays could have an impact on the potential value of NETCENTS-2, according to market researcher Deltek, eroding some of the boost that mandatory use and the overall scope of the program provided.

“Specifically, due to the delays, much of the work intended for NETCENTS-2 was instead procured through alternate means,” Deltek analysts said. “Alliant was a primary recipient of Air Force contracting dollars, as well as NASA SEWP, Army ITES and GSA Schedules. This fostered the slow start for the different NETCENTS-2 contracts, as the redirected tasks will be slow to move back to the NETCENTS-2 program.”

Additionally, they said, restrictions on usage by other agencies will limit acquisitions by non-Air-Force entities, as will the fact that other agencies have now also established their own program to provide products and services. The Army bought some $776 million under NETCENTS-1, they said, but, as of June 2015, had obligated less than $500,000 under NETCENTS-2 and is unlikely to do the kind business it did on the previous contract when it has too many other options.

But other services and Defense Department agencies have typically been a small part of the the NETCENTS customer base, according to Robert Smothers, the NETCENTS program manager.

“Our expectation is that will continue,” he said. “We will assess the market at the end of next year, which will be the second year of operations of NetOps and Infrastructure Solutions. There has been interest expressed (in that) by other agencies but, since the contract was awarded so late in the fiscal year, no task orders have been awarded yet.”

All of the contracts are open to users outside of the Air Force except for the EISM contract. That’s specifically an advisory and assistance type of contract designed for large scale Air Force personnel needs, Smothers said. As such, it’s not available for other services.

With all of the contracts now awarded and open for orders, the full list of NETCENTS-2 vendors for each contract is as follows:

Enterprise Integration & Service Management (EISM)

Provides strategic level consulting to various parts of the Air Force to help them manages and plan for IT and net centric changes within their domains. This includes enterprise level integration and service management support for both infrastructure and mission capabilities.

  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
  • Science Applications International Corporation
  • Dynamics Research Corporation
  • CACI Enterprise Solutions, Inc.
  • Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
  • Deloitte Consulting LLP

NETCENTS-2 Products

Provides products and associated support worldwide for networking equipment, server/storage/peripherals/multimedia, software, identity management/biometric hardware and software, and desktop COTS software not included in other enterprise licenses.

  • FedStore Corporation
  • Intelligent Decisions, Inc.
  • World Wide Technology, Inc.
  • CDW-G
  • Ace Technology Partners, LLC
  • Counter Trade Products, Inc.
  • General Dynamics IT
  • Iron Bow Technologies, LLC
  • Immix Technology, Inc.
  • M2 Technology, Inc.
  • Blue Tech, Inc.
  • Unicom Government, Inc. (Formerly GTSI Corp.)
  • Global Technology Resources, Inc.
  • Micro Tech
  • Red River Computer Company
  • Integration Technologies Group
  • Federal Network Systems LLC
  • Dell Federal Systems L.P.
  • Harris IT Services
  • Sterling Computers
  • Force 3, Inc.
  • PCMG
  • Insight Public Sector, Inc.
  • Presidio Networked Solutions
  • FCN Inc.

Applications Services Solutions (Small Business)

Provides application services such as sustainment, migration, integration, training, help desk support, testing and operational support. It includes support to mission areas overseen by portfolio managers. communities of interest, and project and program offices.

  • ActioNet, Inc.
  • Array Information Technology, Inc.
  • Datum Software Inc.
  • Digital Management, Inc.
  • Diligent Consulting Inc.
  • Diversified Technical Services, Inc.
  • DSD Laboratories Inc.
  • Excellus Solutions, LLC
  • Exeter Government Services, LLC.
  • IndraSoft
  • Segue Technologies
  • SI Systems Technologies

Applications Services Solutions (Full & Open)

Provides application services such as sustainment, migration, integration, training, help desk support, testing and operational support. It includes support to mission areas overseen by portfolio managers. communities of interest, and project and program offices.

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Jacobs Technology
  • SRA International
  • L-3 National Security Solutions
  • Harris IT Services
  • Raytheon
  • InfoReliance Corporation
  • CACI-ISS, Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
  • General Dynamics Information Technology
  • International Business Machines Corporation
  • Accenture Federal Services LLC
  • BAE Systems Information Solutions
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Dynamics Research Corporation
  • HP Enterprise Services, LLC
  • ManTech Systems
  • Vencore Services and Solutions, Inc.
  • Leidos, Inc.

NetOps and Infrastructure (Small Business)

Provides services and solutions for network operations, production, R&D, and C4ISR mission capabilities, and includes development, acquisition, integration, test, deployment and sustainment of Air Force infrastructure.

  • Abacus Technology Corporation
  • American Systems Corporation
  • Atlantic CommTech Corporation
  • BTAS, Inc.
  • CDO Technologies, Inc.
  • The Centech Group, Inc.
  • EPS Corporation
  • Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc.
  • Indus Corporation
  • Intelligent Decisions, Inc.
  • Micro Technologies, LLC
  • Smartronix, Inc.
  • SMS Data Products Group, Inc.
  • STG, Inc.
  • Sumaria Systems, Inc.
  • Technica Corporation
  • Telos Corporation

NetOps and Infrastructure (Full & Open)

Provides services and solutions for network operations, production, R&D, and C4ISR mission capabilities, and includes development, acquisition, integration, test, deployment and sustainment of Air Force infrastructure.

  • URS Federal Services, Inc.
  • AT&T Government Solutions, Inc.
  • BAE Systems Information Solutions, Inc.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
  • Nextiraone Federal, LLC
  • Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Federal Network Systems LLCPROTE
  • General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc.
  • Harris IT Services Corporation
  • HP Enterprise Services, LLC
  • International Business Machines Corporation
  • LGS Innovations LLC
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • L-3 National Security Solutions, Inc.
  • NCI Information Systems, Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
  • Raytheon Company
  • Science Applications International Corporation
  • SRA International, Inc.
  • Telos Corporation