Industry Exposé (NOVEMBER 9, 2017)

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The Pulse Industry Expose' is our bread and butter. It is this kind of knowledge sharing that inspired The Pulse in the first place. We have kept our eyes open and our ears to the ground to identify the status (whether they are cancelled, pre-solicitation, active, or awarded) of impactful contracts across the Federal Government. We have also identified past and upcoming industry conferences and events. This information is not exhaustive, but it is contextual. We are not only telling you the what--we strive to make connections that provide you with the why. 

We have provided a snapshot of what you can expect to see in our November 9th report. For our full expose' including more contracts, our analysis (the best part!), solicitation numbers, contract values, and important dates for multiple upcoming industry days - click here


Cancelled Bids

DHS Software Platform for HSI Intelligence Analysis and Field Operations Support System.  It was anticipated that DHS ICE would be releasing this RFI for a possible redevelopment of the agency's primary intelligence analysis and field support. After long discussions, they have opted not to release this RFI. We believe this is connected to DHS ICE TECS Modernization Support Services contract, which is driven by Palantir Technologies and BAH.

BOG FRS Compromise Assessment. The Board determined that the RFQ will be unable to move forward as it currently stands. The scope of the RFQ was for the contractor to conduct a one-time compromise assessment review of the Board's environment to identify active or dormant threats present on their computer system and networks (6,500 endpoints to be exact). Last year, U.S. federal, state and local government agencies ranked in the last place in cyber security when compared to 17 major private industries, including transportation, retail, and healthcare, according to benchmarking firm SecurityScorecard. An update of the rankings in August showed the U.S. government had improved to third-worst, ahead of only telecommunications and education. Maybe the Board should take another look at that RFQ.

USAF Education Advisor Services. This contract has been cancelled due to lack of funding.

ACC Task Force Marshall Instructors. The request for Sources Sought for the Task Force Marshall Instructor Augmentation was cancelled because the request was posted erroneously due to an administrative oversight.

Pre-Solicitation Bids

Education FSA-NG. Stick with us here. Ten awardees in 2009 and now in 2017 only four still stand. Incumbents Higher Education Student Loan, College Foundation Inc., and Council for South Texas Economic Progress were terminated for convenience in 2014. Vermont Student Assistance Corporation was closed out in March 2017. Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance and Nelnet Inc. had funds de-obligated in November 2017 with no further movement. That now leaves Great Lakes Educational Loan Services Inc. ($1B+ in contract value) who is responsible for borrower defense claims; Navient Corp. ($881M+ in contract value) who is responsible for loan consolidation;  Educational Services of America Inc. ($145M+ in contract value) who is responsible for FIMSA metrics reporting; and Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority ($27M+ in contract value) who is responsible for Title Aid student loan servicing. A majority of the remaining four contracts are over in 2017, but Great Lakes PoP is not up until 2018. Expect to see some movement in December or early 2018 depending on Education priorities and the FY18 budget.

USSOCOM UETWEP II. This is an excellent opportunity for 8(a)'s to get their foot in the door at USSOCOM. The current incumbent is Intelligence, Communications and Engineering Inc. The last FPDS funding action was August 2017 for $8.5K. Several delivery orders under this 8(a) single award IDIQ and it looks like the last delivery order ends in June 2018.

DHS ICE HRSS. The Government anticipates PoP for this re-compete to begin around March 2018 with a possible one year base and four option years going into 2022. There are currently two incumbents supporting this requirement: Parker Tide Corp. ($7.5M+ contract value) and HR ANEW Inc. ($3.8M+ contract value). From what we see on FPDS, Parker Tide is responsible for classification and employee/labor relations support services with their contract ending as late as 2023. HR ANEW Inc. is responsible for other HR support services with their contract ending in 2022. It is important to note that this re-compete contract could support over 18,700 NEW HIRES if all option years are utilized. 

NAWCAD Lakehurst ISR. U.S. Navy aerial warfare experts are asking for industry's help in charting a future course over the next five to 20 years for the enabling technologies expected for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities for naval aviation. Technologies and capabilities of highest interest are HUMINT, GEOINT, MASINT, OSINT, SIGINT, TECHINT, CYBINT/DNINT and all subcategories of these disciplines. 

GSA FAS SAAS. Another big push for Unified Shared Services Management (USSM). The USSM announced in December 2016 that it was moving to an “as-a-service” approach to financial management and human resources. This is one approach to addressing the need for usually a large infusion of funding to begin the transition. USSM also developed the modernization and migration management (M3) framework and created a playbook for agencies in August as the first steps toward the as-a-service model. At the 2017 ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference on Tuesday, November 2nd, Tony Scott, the former federal CIO and moderator of the panel discussion, noted that shared service capabilities across the government have long been a “holy grail” in IT. Please tell us something we don't know. 

GSA FAS Cloud Service Provider Reseller Services. GSA is seeking sources for SPAWARSYSCEN CHS Cloud Services Consumer effort. The Government intends to establish a multiple-award BPA for this effort. President Donald Trump’s FY18 budget proposal calls for an additional $1.2B on provisioned services, meaning the Government will spend an est. $8.5B on cloud and similar services in the coming year. That accounts for almost 10% of the entire Government’s IT spend. The current incumbent is Smartronix, Inc. with latest FPDS funding action in September 2017 for $5K. The contracting office is NIH but funding office is OSD and the latest effort was in support of DOD OSD On-Site Managed Services. Interesting relationship - we love it! Period of performance ends August 2018.

VA Strategic Acquisition Center Stop FWA. On April 27, 2017, the VA Secretary announced an initiative to “Seek to Prevent Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (STOP FWA).” This initiative, led by the Acting Assistant Secretary for Management (A/ASM) and implemented by the Program Integrity Office (PIO), is aiming to take yet another stab (hello VA CCN, change management BPA, etc.) to identify, measure, and improve on VA’s existing STOP FWA activities. Individual programs officials will retain the responsibility to identify and prevent FWA, while VA PIO will work to provide the "tools" for success. The VA aims big for FY18. In FY18 PIO says they will work on a pilot program (aka this opportunity) that includes an independent assessment of the risk for FWA in each of VA’s 85 programs and an automated tool to assist in the future risk assessments. In order to try and do this again (and again, and again) the VA must ensure that has some leadership stay in position and that legislative requirements specific to the recapture and recovery of improper payments are fully met. The VA Prevention of FWA Advisory Committee met on Tuesday, November 7th so more details (or rhetoric) to come soon.

Active Bids

GSA FAS 18F Document Authentication Services for Login.Gov.  For those that are keeping score at home, Login.Gov is still in play. For those that are not familiar with what Login.Gov is - we recommend some coffee and google - but we will try to give you a small rundown. While Login.Gov has some good intentions - it has been rumored to be driven by the behind-the-scenes special interest that could result in some major OCI issues and the establishment of a monopoly over Federal IT cybersecurity infrastructure. While Login.Gov has struggled to win over the hearts of some Federal agencies and Directors, it has made some strides with a few awards. In 2016, Equifax was awarded an 18 month $3.3M contract to provide identify proofing and fraud detection (WELL, isn't that interesting) and Agileana was awarded a $1.2M contract in September 2016 to work with the 18F office to build integration SAML or other appropriate languages between agency web properties and 18F identify management product. It is difficult to tell how this is going but Federal News Radio said that it is going better than the last three shots (shrug), so take that as you want. However, big private sector industry monsters have something very different to say about Login.Gov. Take Oracles comments on the IT modernization strategy (13 pages of comments to be exact). Oracle says a lot of legit things but we think this is the most important: "Oracle goes even further to take on 18F and USDS, claiming that initiatives to bring on software engineers and other experts from the private sector “resulted in the predictable outcome of creating favoritism for those vendors’ solutions, and seems to replace presumed technical expertise with the more complex task of procuring, implementing, maintaining and securing systems over the long term"". Could this be a jab at Coalfire and AWS? We'll zip our lips here (for now) but the tea is piping hot here!

USAF AFMC Defense Experimentation Using the Commercial Space Internet. An ARA was released on October 25, 2017, along with Call #1 and an Open 2-step Announcement. Proposals for Call #1 are due NLT 4:00 PM ET on December 1, 2017.  Awards are expected to be made in late January 2018. Project kickoff is tentatively slated no earlier than February 2018 with the end of technical PoP scheduled NLT December 2019. According to the Open 2-step Announcement, White Papers may be submitted by February 1, 2018, through September 1, 2022, at 5:00 PM ET. This ARA shall remain open until September 1, 2022.

GSA PBS Region 6 - Administrative Support Services. This is being competed as a HUBZone SBSA. Great opportunity to get your foot in the door at GSA PBS. The current incumbent is Digital Foundation Computer Consulting Services Corp. Inc. with the latest funding action was in October 2017 for $4.7K. 

Awarded Bids

USACE Unrestricted Procurement for Matagorda Ship Channel, Texas, Matagorda Peninsula to Point Comfort in Matagorda and Calhoun Counties, Texas, Emergency Dredging. This work consists of emergency dredging of the Matagorda Ship Channel for approx. 2,127,518 yards= 57,442,986 feet = 99,261,479,808 inches = 997 AMERICAN FOOTBALL FIELDS. 

NAVSUP FLC SPIRAL 3. WashingtonTechnology kindly points out that we are missing one very large wireless company (ahem..Sprint.

NAVAIRWSC OSD GCAM. Notice of Sole Source Award to Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. for OSD SCO Analysis and Assessment Services for GCAM. We are noticing a trend with sole sourcing anything that starts with an "A" and ends with an "I". 

USAF EQUAS.  We are not savvy to EQUAS so this took us awhile to research. From what we have learned, this award is going towards AI R&D for the Air Force. Yes - that is all we got out of hours of research. Does anyone want to educate us? Reach out.

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