DISA prepares for $5B in contract decisions
RFPs expected in summer 2010 for DISA program support
The Defense Information Systems Agency is set to release requests for proposals this summer for at least three major contracts that would total $5 billion to help support its defense information technology programs.
A $4.6 billion contract RFP is expected in September for DISA’s Defense Information Systems Network (DISN) Global Information Grid (GIG) Services Management-Operations (GSM-O), said Kevin Plexico, senior vice president of research and analysis services at Input.
According to the contract listing on FedBizOpps.gov, “the requirement for this GSM-O effort is to obtain performance-based services to include provisioning, net operations, net assurance and network maintenance on a worldwide basis.”
DISA provides support services, including delivery and operations, for the military’s global information network, which facilitates secure global communication and information-sharing via the Web.
Plexico said another DISN GSM contract RFP is expected in August. It would be for engineering, transition and implementation of GIG services; no value has yet been released, Plexico said.
“The requirement for this GSM-ETI effort is to obtain performance-based services to provide the support necessary to carry out required engineering, transition/implementation, integration, connection approval and IT service management activities, in support of existing DISN networking capabilities,” according to the second contract’s FedBizOpps listing.
A third contract, to provide support services for the Defense Department’s Defense Research and Engineering Network, is also expected sometime this summer and is valued at $450 million.
Plexico also offered a breakdown of DISA’s spending on top governmentwide acquisition contract vehicles. Last year, DISA spent more than $1 billion on its top five GWAC vehicles, including:
- $543 million on the Encore II contract, for general IT solutions for GIG and related command and control efforts, representing 12 percent of its total reported spending.
- $165 million on the NexGen contract, which supports engineering and interoperability for DISA’s core missions, for about 4 percent of total reported spending.
- $143 million on SEWP-IV — which Plexico said is “the fastest-growing contract out there” — accounting for 3 percent of total reported spending.
- $97 million, or 2 percent, on the Encore contract.
- $88 million, or about 2 percent of total spending, on the ITES-2S CHESS contract, designed to provide enterprisewide solutions under the Army’s Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions agency.
Plexico also offered a breakdown of DISA’s top prime contractors for 2009, with Science Applications International Corp. leading at $383 million, for 9 percent of total reported spending; Northrop Grumman second at $317 million or 7 percent; Apptis Inc. at $266 million or 6 percent; Artel Inc. at $261 million or 6 percent; and CSC at $199 million or 4 percent.
All other prime contractors together totaled just over $3 billion in DISA spending, said Plexico, who spoke at a Small Business Breakfast sponsored by AFCEA International's Northern Virginia chapter June 22.