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FCW : June 15, 2015
In the past several weeks, the Air Force has been busily naming vendors for the last spots on its Network Centric Solutions-2 multiple-award IT contracting vehicle. At the end of March, the service added 10 more ven- dors to NetCents-2’s Application Services contract, bring- ing the total number of awardees to 20 out of 21 original bidders. In early April, 17 of 29 bidders made the cut for the small-business portion of the Network Operations and Infrastructure contract. And on May 15, 20 of 21 bidders were named to the full-and-open Network Operations and Infrastructure contract. It’s a welcome bit of forward momentum — not just for the Air Force, but for the vendors and a wide range of IT buyers across government. NetCents-2 is a huge acquisition vehicle — a $24 billion, seven-year package of seven indefinite-delivery, indefinite- quantity (IDIQ) contracts. It replaces the Air Force’s existing NetCents contract, which stopped taking orders at the end of fiscal 2013. The last day for performance or delivery of task orders issued under the original NetCents contracts is Sept. 9, 2015. Like its predecessor, NetCents-2 provides the Air Force with network-centric hardware, software, solutions and ser- vices that are not offered by other mandatory-use Defense Department or Air Force vehicles. It is a far broader and more complicated set of contracts, however. Although the original NetCents eventually expanded to an ordering ceiling of $10.5 billion, it was a relatively simple umbrella contract that carried just eight vendors. NetCents-2, on the other hand, covers five distinct areas: • Application Services. • Enterprise Integration and Service Management, which provides advisory and assistance services for IT and network-centric enterprise management. • IT Professional Support and Engineering Services, which provides program management support and other IT services. Is NetCents-2 finally cleared for takeoff? BY MARK ROCKWELL After more than a year of protests and re-competes, the Air Force’s big IT acquisition vehicle is close to being fully open for business 30 June 15, 2015 FCW.COM ExecTe c h The full-and-open contract for Network Operations and Infrastructure solutions is the most recent one to make awards. As much as $7.9 billion in business will be placed over the next few years with the following companies: • AT&T Government Solutions • BAE Systems Information Solutions • Booz Allen Hamilton • Computer Sciences Corp. • Federal Network Systems • General Dynamics IT • Harris IT Services • HP Enterprise Services • IBM U.S. Federal • LGS Innovations • Lockheed Martin • L-3 National Security Solutions • NCI Information Systems • Northrop Grumman Systems • NextiraOne Federal • Raytheon • SAIC • SRA International • Telos • URS Federal Services Rounding out the contract rosters 0615fcw_030-031.indd 30 5/22/15 9:29 AM
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