State Department Prepares for Potential IT Acquisition – MeriTalk
The State Department is developing a series of multi-award contracts to modernize its end-to-end information technology (IT) service delivery that could be worth up to $ 8 billion.
In anticipation of the Evolve Industry Day which will take place on Monday, October 25, the Ministry’s Office of Information Resource Management has released a draft request for proposals (RFP), posted Thursday on Sam.gov, encouraging interested parties to review the draft RFP before Industry Day and submit their questions.
The Multi-Assignment, Undetermined Delivery, and Undetermined Quantity EVOLVE contract will focus on five key areas:
- IT management
- Network services
- Cloud and data services
- Application and development
- Customer and end-user support services
But according to the RFP, the ministry expects potential contractors to provide much more than that.
“With the pace of change, it is impossible to predict how the IT requirements and individual programs will evolve over the life of the contracts,” noted the RFP. “The EVOLVE contract is expected to remain current and continue to deliver the full range of IT capabilities / solutions and emerging technologies throughout its lifespan. “
The contract will be on a five-year basis, with the option of extending task orders for up to five years thereafter for a total of 10 years. Previously, the State Department said the new computer acquisition would have a cap value of $ 4 billion; the latest contract documents show that the ministry plans to double this figure.
The State Department plans to provide more information on the upcoming EVOLVE contract during its Virtual Industry Day.