DISA awards Encore services deal

The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded Encore, the $2 billion follow-on to its Defense Enterprise Integration Services II contract vehicle, along with another contract to support DISA's own network.

Encore, awarded March 13, is a seven-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity multiple-award vehicle that has a maximum value of $2 billion.

As the follow-on to the DEIS II contract, Encore is designed to support the global integration efforts of the Defense Department, other federal agencies and state and local governments, according to DISA.

The five-year DEIS II, awarded in July 1996, had a $3 billion ceiling.

The nine Encore awardees are Analytical Services Inc., Computer Sciences Corp., EDS, Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems Inc., Northrop Grumman Information Technology Systems, Pragmatics Inc., TranTech Inc., TRW Systems and Unisys U.S. Federal Government Group. The contract includes IT services, hardware, software and enabling products, with a minimum guarantee of $10,000 per vendor being obligated with the award. The maximum amount for all nine contracts is set at $2 billion.

The companies will focus on myriad program areas, including:

* Enterprise IT policy and planning.

* Integrated solutions management.

* Business process re-engineering.

* Market research and prototyping.

* Information and knowledge engineering.

* Custom Application Development.

* Product integration.

* Licensing and support.

Pragmatics Inc., one of the three small businesses on the contract, is leading a team composed of Booz Allen Hamilton, Titan Corp., Quotient and Infonetics Research, said Kim Nguyen, director of special programs at the McLean, Va.-based company.

Nguyen said DISA would be competing the task orders among the awardees first, with the first work scheduled to begin in about a month.

DISA also awarded AnviCom Inc., an IDIQ contract for support services on the agency's local- and wide-area network (DISANet). The contract has a one-year base with four one-year options and is valued at $85 million.

The DISANet II contract, awarded March 8, was conducted as a competitive 8(a) solicitation and has guaranteed a minimum of $75,000 for transition tasking, said Mark Villarreal, DISANet II program manager for the Dunn Lorring, Va.-based AnviCom.

About 90 people will be used to fulfill the initial five task orders, which are for messaging and e-mail, network control, operations, installation and maintenance, and system support. That work will begin April 1, Villarreal said.

Most of the work will be conducted in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, but the contract covers all DISA locations worldwide, he said.

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