GSA’s IT Schedule 70 opens SINs for Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services, FBI delays $5B Justice IT services recompete, and GSA’s innovation investment arm plans to award a single-vendor BPA for agile development services. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for April 5, 2019.
The General Services Administration (GSA) announced this week that it had restructured its Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services Special Item Number (HACS SIN) to include a greater spectrum of cyber services, to keep pace with changing cybersecurity needs. The new contract format better addresses the government’s need to protect high-value assets, according to GSA. “The restructured HACS solution on IT Schedule 70 will provide federal agencies with easier access to services and solutions to protect large complex network and data systems, including [high-value assets] that hold sensitive information critical to national and economic security,” said GSA acting Assistant Commissioner Bill Zielinski in a news release.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has decided to scrap the launch of its $5 billion Justice Department-wide IT services contract recompete until later this calendar year. The agency filed a one-year extension justification for its $30 billion-ceiling Information Technology Supplies and Support Service (ITSSS), which is set to expire this month, to bridge that delay. It plans to reissue a draft request for quotes later this month, accept questions on that draft until May 13 and host an industry day in June. It anticipates awarding spots on the contract to vendors in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.
The Streamlined Technology Application Resource for Services II (STARS II) governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC) provides federal agencies with the latest IT services-based solutions from 8(a) small businesses. The General Services Administration’s current 8(a) STARS II expires in July 2021 and acquisition experts believe the competition for the follow-on contract should begin this year to avoid a lapse in ordering periods. “Because there will be hundreds of bids to evaluate and there may be protests, the GSA should issue the request for proposal for 8(a) STARS III by July 2019 in order to ensure that there’s no break between STARS II and STARS III,” says Stephanie Mitchell, a U.S. Defense Department and federal government acquisition specialist with BD Squared LLC.
The General Services Administration’s (GSA) innovation investment arm, 10x, is planning to award a single-vendor blanket purchase agreement for agile development services worth as much as $10 million over five years. The 10x team, part of GSA’s Technology Transformation Service, takes ideas from across the federal government and offers incremental funding and development to determine if those ideas are worthwhile at scale. Officials plan to make a single award to a small business, with a base period of one year and four one-year add-on options, according to a request for quotation posted to GSA’s eBuy site last week.