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FCW : September 30, 2013
September 30, 2013 FCW.COM 21 The new TS IT rack with snap-in technology. Quick and easy to install. www.rittal.us/makeITeasy 1. THE CIA'S CLOUD CONTRACT When FCW reported in March that the CIA had awarded a $600 million cloud contract to Amazon Web Services, the IT commu- nity did a double take.Then IBM led a bid protest, the Government Accountability Of ce upheld it, and AWS took the matter to court.The question now is who will win the battle to build a private cloud for the intelligence community --- and what it says about the broader landscape of cloud services vendors. 2. THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT'S DATA CENTER ESPC Can data center projects pay for them- selves? DOE of cials thought so, and they worked with Lockheed Martin on the outlines of a $70 million energy sav- ings performance contract then stopped just short of issuing a task order.There is disagreement over whether the Of ce of Management and Budget hit the brakes or DOE of cials had second thoughts about using an ESPC in this way. But other interested agencies are in limbo until the budget rules are clari ed. 3. THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION'S OASIS The $60 billion One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contracts could change the way agencies buy IT services, but if the request for proposals process is any indication, those changes could be remarkably complex. Contractors complained that vendor-scoring criteria were too Byzantine to be useful and that midsize rms could be squeezed out of the contracts. Proposals were due Sept. 17, and at least one protest is pending. 4. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S EAGLE II After years of preparation, the awards under DHS' Enterprise Acquisition Gate- way for Leading Edge Solutions II contract began in earnest this year, and more than 50 have been made.The departmentwide contract covers a wide range of IT services and an equally diverse pool of would-be providers, offering other agencies two very different barometers to monitor. 5. THE NAVY'S NGEN Sometimes it really is all about the size: The $321 million contract to replace the Navy Marine Corps Intranet --- the largest outsourced federal IT project and the larg- est computer network outside the public Internet --- could be worth $3.5 billion if all four one-year options are exercised. In June, Navy of cials announced that HP Enterprise Services will lead the team building the Next Generation Enterprise Network, which will serve more than 800,000 users in nearly 2,500 locations worldwide and return ownership of the system to the U.S. government. --- FCW staff 5 contracts to watch When it comes to IT procurement, some deals are bigger than others --- not just in terms of dollars, but also in their implications and precedents for agencies and contractors. Here are ve that bear watching.
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