Army issues RFI for next-gen $15B ITES services contract
- By William Welsh
- Feb 08, 2013
The Army issued a request for information on Feb. 7 for the third iteration of its Information Technology Enterprise Solutions (ITES) services contract.
In broad terms, the Army is seeking information regarding industry interest and capabilities as they relate to participating in the concept, according to a FedBizOpps notice. The military service also is seeking specific feedback and comments from industry regarding the grouping of the IT services task areas,.
The estimated value of the services to be acquired through the ITES-3 Services contract is between $11 billion to $15 billion over a five-year period of performance, the notice states. ITES-2 Services is set to expire in 2015.
The Army is exploring through the RFI whether to structure ITES-3 Services as a single, multiple-award contract, or as a group of contracts tied to a task area or IT classification. In addition, the service also wants to know whether there are benefits to breaking up the contract for industry and government.
The RFI includes a list of task areas under consideration for the contract. Among these are business process reengineering, information systems security, information assurance, IT services, and enterprise design, integration and consolidation. Other areas are education and training, program and project management, systems operation and maintenance and network support.
The ITES contract was established as a way for the Army to purchase a full range of services necessary to support the service's enterprise IT infrastructure goals. The scope includes command, control, communications, computers and information management requirements as set forth in Army Regulation 25-1.
The procurement is being managed by the Army Contracting Command - Rock Island in coordination with the Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (PD CHESS).
Responses are due Feb. 21.
William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.