DHS EAGLE RFP released

The Homeland Security Department has issued the final request for proposals for its new procurement program for information technology services.

The Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge (EAGLE) solutions program has multiple indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts, DHS officials said.

Introduced in August, EAGLE has open, competitive bid solicitations and small-business set-asides. It has a five-year base with two one-year options for renewal.

EAGLE is one of a pair of new IT procurement programs that DHS is establishing. The other is First Source, which addresses IT commodity needs. Aimed at encouraging small-business participation, First Source is entirely set aside for businesses with 150 employees or fewer.

DHS intends to award both contracts in 2006 and finish them within nine months, DHS officials said.

DHS stayed on schedule by releasing EAGLE in the fourth quarter of the government fiscal year, said Marcus Fedeli, manager of federal opportunity products at Input, a market research firm. The department’s next step is to hold a preproposal conference about EAGLE, which is expected to occur in a few weeks, he said.

EAGLE and First Source replace DHS’ Security, Planning and Integrated Resources for IT (SPIRIT) IT procurement program. DHS scuttled the multibillion-dollar program in 2004 after it proved too complex.

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