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FCW : June 15, 2015
• NetCentric Products, which provides a full range of technology products. • Network Operations and Infrastructure, which provides services and solutions for network operations. There are dedicated small-business contracts for the Application Services and the Network Operations and Infrastructure components. As this issue of FCW went to press, the Enterprise Integration and Service Management contract was the one piece that remained unawarded. But although the first solicitations for NetCents-2 date back to 2008, getting to the point where all seven contracts are fully operational has been a long and troubled process. Both the March additions to the Application Services con- tract and the April awards for the small-business Network Operations and Infrastructure contract, for example, were re-competes that came after successful bid protests derailed the initial awards. The anxiety and vendor pushback surrounding the con- tracts are not hard to understand, said Alan Chvotkin, execu- tive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council. Any federal agency may purchase through most of the NetCents-2 contracts (see above for details). The Air Force, however, is required to use NetCents contracts for any products and services that they cover. That mandatory-use rule means being named as a ven- dor on one or more of the NetCents-2 IDIQs is a primary entryway into the Air Force’s IT business, he said. The IDIQs were set up with heavy input from the Air Force CIO’s office and with significant thought given to how the contracts would fit with the Air Force’s networks and architecture. “Its unique focus for voice, data and IT solutions as a primary source for the Air Force is not common” in other contracts, Chvotkin added. The Air Force has heavily committed to the General Ser- vices Administration’s $60 billion One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contracts. In fact, OASIS Executive Program Officer Jim Ghiloni said recently that a third of that vehicle’s task orders have come from the Air Force. But the scope of the two efforts is different, Chvotkin said, adding that OASIS is oriented toward professional services and lacks the IT focus that NetCents-2 offers. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, agreed with that assessment and said he views NetCents-2 as competing with GSA’s Alliant and Schedule 70, the Army’s IT Enterprise Solutions-2, and the Navy’s SeaPort-e, among others. As NetCents-2 moves ahead, the Air Force is using its experience with the predecessor NetCents contract to gauge how the new vehicle will be used, Chvotkin said. “Because of NetCents, they have a good understanding of how the [spending] will work.” All that protest activity could have an impact, however. “Because it took a while, the scope of work might require some review,” he said. With some awards dating back to 2013, “it will take some watching to keep it current.” n June 15, 2015 FCW.COM 31 NetCents for everyone — most of it, anyway Not every part of the Air Force’s Network Centric Solutions-2 contract vehicle is available governmentwide, and the conditions under which agencies outside the Air Force can use it varies by contract. Network Operations and Infrastructure Application Services NetCentric Products Enterprise Integration & Service Management IT Professional Support and Engineering Air Force Army Navy/ Marines Other DOD components Federal agencies Customer can use corresponding contracts without restriction. Customer can use corresponding contracts, but only if certain criteria are met. Source: Air Force 0615fcw_030-031.indd 31 5/22/15 9:29 AM
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