November 19, 2013 by cs
Contractors are readying for the release of a sprawling new contract program worth up to $20 billion over 10 years to provide government agencies with technology hardware, software and other infrastructure.
The program is the fourth iteration of a contracting vehicle managed by the National Institutes of Health’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, or NITAAC, a body tasked with managing several major procurement programs.
This particular vehicle, known as the Chief Information Officer-Commodities and Solutions, or CIO-CS, program, will be used to buy IT commodities such as personal computers, servers and printers, said Robert Coen, acting program director of NITAAC.
This contracting program is meant to complement the center’s IT services contracting programs, which were awarded last year.
The previous iteration of CIO-CS was awarded in late 2002, and 66 vendors won spots on the program, said Stephen Morris, research analyst at Herndon-based Deltek, which analyzes the government contracting market.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/contractors-preparing-for-acquisition-vehicle-worth-up-to-20-billion/2013/11/08/982f8838-41ab-11e3-a751-f032898f2dbc_story.html
November 14, 2013 by cs
The Veterans Affairs Department awarded ASM Research a $162.5 million contract to improve the user experience for VA’s electronic health record system, a price more than triple two competitive bids, Nextgov has learned. The Sept. 30 contract award is for improvements to the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, known as VistA.
HP Enterprise Services and Triple-I of Overland Park, Kansas, each submitted bids under $50 million on the contract won by ASM, two independent sources told Nextgov. The companies competed for the VistA work through task orders issued under a $12 billion IT umbrella contract known as Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology, or T4. The T4 contract, awarded to 16 companies in June 2011, is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract that gives the department considerable flexibility in awarding technology deals.
The VistA enhancement contract calls for a new graphical user interface that will display a wide range of patient information. It also calls for other tasks one source described as so general it would allow the department to use ASM for a wide range of work without further competition.
On Oct. 28, a month after VA awarded the contract to ASM, David Waltman, a senior program officer within the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Information and Analytics who had done preliminary work on that contract, sent an email to colleagues at VA and the Defense Department telling them he would leave government service Nov. 2 to take a job as chief strategy officer for ASM.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.nextgov.com/health/2013/11/va-awards-asm-research-health-it-contract-triple-price-competitors-bids/73223/
October 22, 2013 by cs
Total known and unclassified federal information technology spending will hover around $70 billion annually through fiscal 2019 when measured in today’s dollars, predicts the TechAmerica Foundation in its annual near-term forecast.
The forecast, based on federal budget data and interviews with federal IT executives, assumes an overall discretionary topline lower than the Office of Management and Budget’s projections but slightly greater in out-years than Budget Control Act caps. TechAmerica Foundation conducted the research before the House of Representatives reached an impasse with present year funding bills and so doesn’t take into account the government shutdown, now in its third week. The foundation is the nonprofit arm of technology firm lobbying group TechAmerica.
For fiscal 2014, the research finds (.pdf) that IT spending will add up to $70 billion, down considerably from the $86 billion (adjusted for inflation to be in today’s dollars) spent during fiscal 2009. This year’s figure will stay more or less steady through fiscal 2009, when it’ll reach $72.2 billion in constant dollars, or $78.5 billion in a number unadjusted for inflation.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/federal-it-spending-plateau-next-5-years-says-techamerica-foundation/2013-10-15
October 15, 2013 by cs
It is widely accepted that smartphones and tablets are vital business tools. But are there any apps built just for Government contractors? The answer is yes, and below you will find the best apps for companies active in Federal contracts. The title of each app is hyperlinked to the place on the Internet where you can download it.
Quickly understanding the competitive world of federal contracting is hard. Too much information in too many places makes for a frustrating and overwhelming experience. Not anymore. hōrd by GovTribe lets you easily subscribe to, or hōrd, the things you care about. The combined activity of these things is delivered to your iPhone in real time, letting you quickly evaluate opportunities, competitors, COs, and more.
GovConTrack provides the ability to easily search for government contracts and grants from your iPhone or iPad device. Data can be pulled directly from the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS-NG) using public data feeds, or from USASpending.gov. Network connection (WiFi, 3G, or Edge) required.
Now the entire Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) can be in the palm of your hand ready to email or reference. Completely searchable and indexed.
Read what government executives read. This mobile resource features all the updates and tools to help you understand how Government works.
USA.gov is government made easy. USA.gov — the U.S. government’s official web portal — is now available as a free app for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. It allows you to search tens of millions of web pages from federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments and to contact your government by phone or email.
This app allows travelers to look up Federal government per diem rates by city/state and ZIP code in locations throughout the United States and its territories. (Per diem is the daily allowance for lodging (excluding taxes), meals and incidental expenses. These rates are established by the General Services Administration for destinations in the lower 48 contiguous United States, and by the U.S. Department of Defense for locations in Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. territories. The U.S. Department of State sets rates for foreign travel locations.)
This web app keeps you up-to-date on the General Services Administration, with news topics, compliance, and other information. There are YouTube videos and descriptions of GSA’s programs and services.
October 14, 2013 by cs
Beyond the financial pinch of stalled contracts and delayed payments, federal IT contractors are beginning to face hiring and regulatory compliance issues as the partial government shutdown wears on.
Shuttered online services at Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) and the Commerce Department, for instance, are on TechAmerica’s list of top shutdown-related problems.
E-Verify — the service that allows employers to confirm eligibility to work in the U.S. for new hires via I-9 employment forms — won’t be available until CIS gets its funding restored. E-Verify is the only operation at CIS funded by an appropriation.
Keep reading this article at: http://fcw.com/Articles/2013/10/08/shutdown-affects-contractors.aspx?Page=1
September 10, 2013 by cs
Note: Last year, the Small Business Administration launched an experimental web site called “EZ-RFP” to solicit streamlined bids for some low-cost technology projects as a way of assisting small, high-growth technology firms to do business with the federal government. This article reports on the status of this pilot project.
A novice might think The MIS Department, a Chicago technology firm, would have no trouble winning government contracts.
The company has a proven track record engineering complex computer systems and building websites. It has done the arduous legwork of getting authorized to provide services to the federal government, the state of Illinois, Cook County and the city of Chicago. It’s even filed paperwork for 8(a) certification, which allows the company to compete for a special class of contracts reserved for minority-owned small businesses.
And, get this: Company president Rajeev Chopra was chief information officer for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, responsible for keeping a suite of information technology tools up and running for more than 2 million staffers and volunteers across 813 field offices.
But even with all that going for it, MIS, which stands for Management Information Systems, for years was unable to take a government contract to the finish line.
Why? Most of the company’s dozen or so employees were busy, for one thing, working on IT contracts with Chicago businesses and political groups in Washington that Chopra encountered during the campaign. That left only Devlin Kane, director of business development, to try to drum up government work.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2013/08/how-win-government-contracts-ez-way/69704
September 9, 2013 by cs
With economic espionage and domestic surveillance creating a climate of cyber insecurity, some intellectual property attorneys now employ encrypted communications to correspond with federal contractor clients.
Tools such as RedPhone, a mobile voice app, and Silent Circle, a text, video and voice service, are among the more user-friendly technologies in use. Civil liberties activists, dissidents and some journalists have long resorted to cryptography to protect information, but some assembly was always required. The new secret message techniques still require trading a little convenience for confidentiality.
In an attempt to promote wider adoption, and perhaps his business, James Denaro, a patent litigation attorney with the CipherLaw Group, tweeted Friday night: “We use@Silent_Circle phone and text and encourage our clients to use it to contact us.”
Keep reading this article at: http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2013/08/contractors-now-using-encrypted-calls-and-text-legal-advice/69341/
September 4, 2013 by cs
The list of Air Force operations eyeing the General Services Administration’s One Acquisition Solutions for Integrated Services contracts is growing.
The Air Force Space and Missile Command, according to an Aug. 22 GSA blog post, has officially said it wants to use the dedicated Small Business OASIS contact (OASIS SB) instead of its own SMC Technical Support program. GSA estimated the value of this commitment, which will encompass virtually all Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) activities at Los Angeles Air Force Base, at $472 million over five years.
On July 31, GSA released two OASIS requests for proposals. One is an unrestricted contract that includes a 50-percent small business subcontracting goal. OASIS SB is a 100-percent small business set-aside.
Two other Air Force groups — the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida — have publicly announced their decision to use OASIS SB, according to a GSA spokeswoman. Those commitments and the latest announcement combine to represent an estimated value of $1.3 billion per year for the OASIS small business community.
Keep reading this article at: http://fcw.com/articles/2013/08/23/air-force-oasis-gsa.aspx
August 29, 2013 by cs
NASA has kicked off its fifth omnibus information technology procurement, issuing a request for proposals for contracts valued at between $5 and $10 billion open to use by all federal departments and agencies.
Like the previous four versions of the acquisition contract NASA has run since 1993, the Solutions for Enterprisewide Procurement — known as SEWP V — serves all federal agencies seeking desktops, laptops, servers, network gear and storage. To keep pace with technology, SEWP V will also serve as a vehicle to acquire cellphones, tablet computers, and voice over internet protocol phones.
SEWP IV, which was awarded in 2007, has 38 contract holders providing more than two million products from over 3,800 manufacturers.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2013/08/nasa-launches-mammoth-it-hardware-buy/68927/?oref=nextgov_today_nl
June 28, 2013 by cs
Each year, Washington Technology magazine ranks the top 100 federal contractors based on sales of IT, systems integration, communications, engineering and other high-tech products and services. They analyze and profile these firms by factors such as industry sector, those who are newcomers, those who are publicly traded or privately held, small business status, participation in Defense Department and civilian agency contracts, and many other factors. To access this list click here: http://washingtontechnology.com/toplists/top-100-lists/2013.aspx.
Washington Technology also ranks the 50 fastest growing small businesses in the government contracting market, based on their compound annual growth rate from 2007 through 2011. You can view the “Fast 50″ list at: http://washingtontechnology.com/fast50lists/fast-50-lists/2012.aspx.
The fastest growing 8(a) firms are ranked at: http://washingtontechnology.com/top25lists/top-25-lists/2012.aspx.