NASA dishing up SEWP III
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Jun 20, 2000
NASA plans to release a draft solicitation by the end of the month for a
second follow-on to its popular Scientific and Engineering Workstation Procurement
SEWP III will pick up where SEWP II leaves off when the $1.8 billion governmentwide
contract ends in November. SEWP II has 14 prime contracts that offer workstations,
peripherals, network equipment and other services to all federal agencies
and their contractors.
NASA announced Monday that it plans to release a draft solicitation for
comment by June 30. The space agency plans a formal request for proposals
on or about July 30.
Documents will be posted at the SEWP III
home page. NASA plans to award indefinite-delivery,
indefinite-quantity contracts for nine computer systems/servers classes
and five supporting equipment classes.
Several companies have already expressed interest on the SEWP III procurement
site, including ACL Computers, Avtec Systems Inc., CDW-G, Creative Computers,
PCMall.com, Comark Federal Systems Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., Federal
Data Corp., GTSI Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Silicon Graphics
Federal Inc., Sun Microsystems Federal Inc. and iGov.com.
SEWP's main purpose is to ensure the availability of the most appropriate
commercial off-the-shelf hardware and software for the NASA science and
engineering community through IDIQ vehicles, NASA told potential vendors
during an industry information session on Dec. 6, 1999.
NASA has no plans to offer services through the contracts unlike the Outsourcing
Desktop Initiative for NASA, a 10-year effort to outsource replacement and
management of desktop computers and help desks governmentwide.
SEWP has developed a partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency
and collaborates with other federal agencies but is still focused on the
high-tech needs of NASA, officials said at the industry briefing.