FEMA plans consolidation of IT support contracts

The agency wants to consolidate the many ways it buys technical assistance and engineering support.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plans to consolidate how it acquires information technology-related support services.

FEMA plans to centralize its contracts for Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) under an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracting vehicle, according to a statement of work for the SETA program. The statement was published July 2 on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

FEMA will seek classified and unclassified information technology services, the statement of work says. Services generally include IT consulting services such as infrastructure engineering support, architecture design and database management, the statement of work says.

The statement said FEMA’s current IT environment is “an amalgam of new and legacy technologies, architecture, platforms and tools” that has been put in place by FEMA by “using a variety of service providers under both mature and immature oversight and governance conditions.”

“The current goals are to continue the evolution and improvement of all IT services and support,” it reads.

According to advisory criteria for the project published today on the business opportunities site, the SETA project is valued at about $60 million annually.

Through task orders under its new contracting vehicle, FEMA wants engineering support for:

  • Databases.
  • Virtualization.
  • Wireless and voice systems.
  • Storage-area networks.
  • Oracle applications.
  • Geospatial information systems.

In addition, other services include:

  • Technical requirements development.
  • Support services for technical writing.
  • Technical program management support.
  • Enterprise architecture support.

Interested companies should submit information on their capabilities by July 17, according to the notice published today. When detailing their capabilities, interested vendors should include information about corporate history, relevant past performances and technical qualifications, today's notice states. Companies should also identify past efforts similar to SETA in size and complexity in which they served as the prime contractor.

FEMA anticipates that it will then issue a solicitation for the project in mid-to-late August, the notice says.

About the Author

Ben Bain is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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