Siemens Government Technologies Inc., Arlington, Virginia (HC1028-19-C0006), was awarded a competitive, single award, firm-fixed-price contract on March 15, 2019 for commercially available off-the-shelf brand-name Siemens software licenses and support in support of the Navy. The face value (and total cumulative face value) of this action is $8,324,661 funded by fiscal year 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds. Performance will be at a Navy facility in Norfolk, Virginia. Proposals were solicited via Federal Business Opportunities, and two proposals were received. The period of performance is March 15, 2019, through March 14, 2020.
NextGen Federal Systems LLC, Morgantown, West Virginia, was awarded a competitive, hybrid (firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee) contract with four one-year options on task order HC1047‐19-C-0004 for independent verification and validation of software in support of the Defense Information Systems Agency Command and Control Portfolio. The face value of this action is $7,142,540 funded by fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $52,574,624. Performance will take place primarily at the government's facility located at Fort George G. Meade Defense Information Systems Agency Headquarters.
SES Government Solutions Inc., Reston, Virginia, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract modification (P00007) to exercise Option Period Four on task order GS-35F-0328V / HC101315F0008 for commercial satellite communications service. The face value of this action is $8,356,608 funded by fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance funds. The total cumulative face value of the task order is $45,264,960. Performance directly supports the U.S. Central Command Southwest Asia Area of Responsibility. Quotations were solicited via the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Schedule, Information Technology Schedule 70. Five quotations were received from 22 solicited offers.
Solers Inc., Arlington, Virginia, was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract for Systems Engineering, Technology, and Innovation. This was a competitive solicitation for a multiple-award ID/IQ contract, with an unrestricted pool and a pool set-aside for small businesses. The original awards for the unrestricted pool were initially made in June 2018. Four post-award protests were submitted to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Following the GAO decisions, issued in October 2018, the agency took corrective action that resulted in the decision to award a contract to Solers Inc. The face value of this action is a ceiling amount of $7,500,000,000.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies can be used by DOD to gain a competitive advantage, especially in cyberspace operations. While the technology has made it easier for the military to operate and communicate, “It has also a unique set of challenges with dependencies and vulnerabilities for the department, our nation, our economy and our everyday lives,” said Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and commander, Joint Force Headquarters–Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN). The admiral presented the keynote luncheon address at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium on February 5 and spoke to SIGNAL Magazine.
Virginia Beach, Virginia-based LightGrid LLC announced on January 16 that it had secured a Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Information Communications and Technology (ICT) prime contract. Under the contract, the company will provide support to the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) for critical infrastructure, logistics, and VoIP engineering around the globe.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has reorganized its technology innovation efforts into a single organization designed both to work with outside research organizations and to operate across internal agency lines. The new organization, known as the Emerging Technologies (EM) Directorate, will tap legacy expertise but apply it in a new approach to incorporating innovation, according to DISA.
Qwest Government Solutions Inc., doing business as CenturyLink QGS, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a non-competitive firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite -quantity contract for a five-year period of performance for the continued operations and maintenance support for dark fiber and commercial facilities in the continental U.S.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) provided in-depth information about its acquisition and procurement plans at its annual Forecast to Industry event with the theme of “Trusted Partnerships.”
“Our theme embodies the way we work closely with you—our industry partners—to develop solutions for DOD and our warfighters. Working together expands our capabilities and we could not do it without you,” said DISA Director Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, to an audience of around 1,000. The event was also live streamed.
“As I see it, that trusted partnership is incredibly important for us to fulfill our vision of connecting and protecting the warfighter in cyberspace,” Adm. Norton stated.
The Warfighter Information Network–Tactical program delivered a digital transformation, enabling maneuver elements to move faster and provide commanders with vital battlefield information in near real-time. Its flexibility facilitated communications in Iraq’s urban environments and Afghanistan’s mountainous terrain. Although a powerful improvement over Mobile Subscriber Equipment, the technologies are not powerful enough to combat adversaries wielding cyber capabilities.
ViON Corp., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a competitive, single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for SPARC processor capacity services with a total lifecycle contract amount of $329,586,627. The minimum guarantee for this effort, which is being met by the first delivery order under HC1084-19-D-0001, is $630,000, funded by fiscal year 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds. Performance will be at current Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) data centers or future DISA centers in the continental U.S. (CONUS); DISA outside CONUS data centers; and other DISA or DISA-approved locations worldwide in which DISA may acquire an operational responsibility.
Iridium Satellite LLC, Tempe, Arizona, was awarded a non-competitive, firm-fixed-price $44,000,000 contract modification (P00008) for the extension of services on the current airtime contract (HC104714C4000) in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.217-8. Fiscal year 2019 defense working capital funds will be used. Performance will be at the contractor's facility. The period of performance for the option period is October 22, 2018, through April 21, 2019. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott AFB, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Fort Meade, Maryland, has named Col. Bradley Barnhart, USAF, chief of staff.
On September 7, DOD announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) had selected 20 small businesses to be on its $17.5 million ENCORE III information technology contract.
ViaSat Inc., Carlsbad, California, was awarded a non-competitive, firm-fixed-price contract to provide senior leaders and their support staff with Ku-band and Ka-band communications utilizing ViaSat subscription service while travelling via aircraft. The face value of this action is $55,687,458 funded by fiscal year 2018 and 2019 operations and maintenance funding. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $559,850,730. Performance will be primarily in California and Colorado. Proposals were solicited via electronic means and one proposal was received.
L-3 Communications Integrated Systems L.P., Greenville, Texas, was awarded a non-competitive firm-fixed-price contract to provide senior leaders and their support staff with high throughput military Ka-band communications while traveling via aircraft. The face value of this action is $5,781,475 funded by fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance funding. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $240,000,000. Performance will primarily be in California and Washington. Proposals were solicited via electronic means, and one proposal was received. The synopsis/notice of intent was posted on June 15, 2018 on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) webpage.
Small businesses often lead the pack in innovation and agility, but cumbersome acquisition processes can stall the way forward when working with government agencies. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) hopes to grease the skids between ingenuity and warfighters by offering a streamlined method for carrying out prototype projects and transitioning successes into follow-on production.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded a $49 million other transaction agreement (OTA) to Enterprise, LLC of Herndon, Virginia and several subcontractors, to develop a prototype for the government's National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) Investigation Management (IM) Shared Service. DISA announced on July 9 that it had made the June 22 award to the Enterprise team, which includes Pegasystems, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Accenture Federal Services, LLC of Arlington, Virginia; Torch Research LLC of Leawood, Kansas; and Next Tier Concepts, Inc. of Vienna, Virginia.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) awarded its $7.5 billion Systems Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) contracts, unrestricted competition pool, to 14 large businesses. The procurement will help streamline critical engineering expertise to research, design, develop, integrate, and optimize Department of Defense (DOD) information technology capabilities, systems, and solutions, DISA reported.
Truestone LLC, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a non-competitive firm-fixed-price follow-on contract for the continued operation and maintenance of a multiyear capital lease for a 25-year indefeasible right of use for a dedicated fiber pair between Guam and Kwajalein Atoll. The face value of this action is $23,607,174 funded by fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation appropriations. Primary performance will be on land and in waters between Kwajalein Atoll and Guam. The period of performance is 10 years from June 11, 2018, through June 10, 2028. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity (HC1013‐07‐H‐0617).