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2016 First Quarter Must-Win IDIQs

2016 is shaping up to be one of the most active Federal contracting years in history. Every Federal contractor who performs IT services needs to be actively engaged as a prime or subcontractor on at least several of these contracts or risk being shut out of large portions of the federal market for the next decade. In the next few weeks alone, there are at least four multi-billion-dollar information technology multiple-award federal contract opportunities likely to be released:

CIO-SP3 Small Business on-ramp

  • Value & Type: $20 Billion ceiling Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC)

  • Period of Performance: 15 years

  • Number of Awards: 94 current awardees. No maximum number of on-ramp awardees established.

  • Scope: Full scope of Information Technology (IT) services across 10 task areas.

  • Status: Anticipated for release in FedBizOpps this February or March 2016. NITAAC will be holding a total of four (4) industry days to introduce and provide general overview of the CIO-SP3 Small Business GWAC. Three have already been completed over the past few months (Hawaii, Maryland and Denver) and the final will be held February 19th in San Diego, California.


  • Value & Type: $17.5B ceiling multiple-award IDIQ

  • Period of Performance: 10 years (base period of five years and includes five one-year options)

  • Number of Awards: Two suites of contracts: one small business set-aside and one full and open. The Government anticipates awarding a maximum of 40 contracts – up to 20 set-aside for small business under NAICS 541519 ($27.5M revenue size) and up to 20 contracts under the full and open suite.

  • Scope: Global IT services that support the military services, the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies.

  • Status: Final RFP likely to be released “on or after February 22, 2016” according to a recent DISA posting. Two iterations of a draft RFP were previously released in 2015 with a pre-solicitation conference held between the two draft releases.

Army Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-3 Services (ITES-3S)

  • Value & Type: $12.1B ceiling multiple-award IDIQ

  • Period of Performance: 9 years (5-year base with one 4-year option)

  • Number of Awards: The Army estimates 24 awards will be issued in late 2017 with up to 14. awards being reserved for businesses small under NAICS 541519 ($27.5M revenue size)

  • Scope: IT services worldwide in support of Army Enterprise Infrastructure and Infostructure goals.

  • Status: Final solicitation should be released in the next several weeks. Three iterations of a draft RFP were previously released in 2015. A pre-solicitation conference and an advisory multi-step process to identify viable bidders were conducted by the Army after the first draft release.

Army Desktop and Mobile Computing 3 (ADMC-3)

  • Value & Type: $5B ceiling multiple-award IDIQ

  • Period of Performance: 10 years (one 4-year base and three 2-year options)

  • Number of Awards: The Army intends to make at least eight awards, with up to five reserved for small business under NAICS 334111 (size standard 1,000 employees for manufacturers, 500 employees for non-manufacturers).

  • Scope: Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) IT equipment including: desktop computers, integrated desktop computers, workstations, notebooks, tablets, slates, electronic displays, thin clients, printers and multifunction devices.

  • Status: Final solicitation should be released in the next several weeks. There was a draft RFP issued late in 2015 with answers to industry questions about the draft posted last month.

What Should You Do (Or Already Have Done)?

Most prime contractors began their pursuits of each of these four contracts months or years ago. It will be tough to play catch-up if you have not yet begun, even though the final solicitations are not out yet. It is still possible for a qualified bidder to develop and submit a winning proposal, but it will take a significant effort.

In addition to the four contracts described above, there are more than a dozen multi-billion dollar procurements slated for the remaining three quarters of 2016. Interested prime contractors should begin capture efforts now if they have not yet started for GSA Alliant 2, DHA DHITS, GSA VETS II, NOAA Pro-Tech, MDA IRES, DOJ ITSS-5 and Army IMOD II among others.

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