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FCW : July 15, 2016
22 July 15, 2016 FCW.COM The contracting regime run by the Army’s Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions is moving into a new phase with big implications for federal IT contracting BY SEAN LYNGAAS Inrecent years, a set of Army contracting vehicles has shaken up federal acquisition practices by allow- ing more flexibility in buying IT goods and services. Now the contracting regime, run by the Army’s Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) outfit, is moving into a new phase with potentially big implications for federal IT contracting. In February, CHESS’ partner — U.S. Army Contracting Command-Rock Island — issued a request for propos- als for IT Enterprise Solutions-3 Services. The ceiling on ITES-3S is $12.1 billion, and the aim of the contracting vehicle is helping the Army transition to the Joint Infor- mation Environment, a Defense Department-wide effort to standardize and consolidate IT networks. Cloud computing and other services ordered through ITES-3S will make tangible the otherwise abstract JIE endeavor. Contract awards under ITES-3S aren’t expected until the second quarter of fiscal 2018, and CHESS officials did not want to prematurely discuss the program. However, ARMY GETS FLEXIBLE FLICKR.COM/SOLDIERSMEDIACENTEREIS.ARMY.MIL ON CONTRACTING 0715fcw_022-024.indd 22 6/28/16 4:24 PM
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