GSA, DISA want advice on buying commercial satellite services

Joint acquisition program would rely on existing supply schedules, IDIQs

The General Services Administration and the Defense Information Systems Agency are seeking input from industry for a joint acquisition strategy they plan to establish to meet civilian and defense agencies’ needs for commercial satellite services.

The Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition would follow the existing acquisition framework embodied in the Federal Supply Schedules and GSA-led indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts, according to an announcement posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site today.

In particular, GSA and DISA want feedback from vendors on draft information technology Schedule 70 documentation for two new special item numbers (SINs) they will establish to address transponded capacity and subscription services requirements. The agencies also seek input on terms and conditions, price examples, and evaluation criteria.

The agencies plan to hold an industry day in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22 to discuss the request for information. At the event, government officials will furnish details on:

  • The COMSATCOM transponded capacity SIN.
  • The COMSATCOM subscription services SIN.
  • Terms and conditions applicable to both SINs.
  • Details on new IT Schedule 70 evaluation criteria relative to the new SINs.
  • More information about the Federal Supply Schedules and how to prepare a quality bid.

The FedBizOpps announcement provides detailed information about the event. Registrations must be received by Oct. 19. Comments on the RFI are due by Oct. 28.

About the Author

William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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