Commerce taps more firms for IT contract
- By Colleen O'Hara
- Aug 29, 2000
The Commerce Department is expected to make additional awards today under
its estimated $1.5 billion governmentwide information technology services
Earlier this month, Commerce picked 30 vendors to share a piece of the Commerce Information Technology Solutions (Commits) program, which is designed specifically for small businesses. That number is about
to go up.
In a letter sent to vendors late last week, Tiffany Hixson, contracting
officer for the Commits contract, said the department plans to award additional
contracts because it is "in the best interest of the Commits program."
The list of apparent winners includes 28 vendors that were not chosen during
the first round of awards a few weeks ago. However, in addition to the 28
are two companies already on Commits Javis and American Technology Inc.
Those companies will be awarded an additional contract in the information
systems security area.
The road to Commits has been long. Commerce originally awarded 29 Commits
contracts more than a year ago, but a series of protests and rulings by
the Court of Federal Claims and the General Accounting Office forced the
department to suspend the program. On June 29, the department told vendors
that had originally bid on Commits to revise their prices and technical
information and resubmit their proposals. The awards this month are in response