Justice needs technology support

Officials consider a multiple-award contract for backing up the department

The Justice Department is considering having businesses on call to provide technology support services if any of its offices need help.

Most of Justice’s offices have a small staff of computer specialists, systems analysts, and programmers to provide information technology support. However, the staffs are too small to meet the anticipated demand for services, and staff members don’t have the expertise to handle the all of the equipment, operating systems and applications that Justice uses, according to a request for information (RFI) the department released today.

The department is considering awarding an indefinitely-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for those services.

“Competition at the task-order level has proven cost-effective, and has yielded significant savings,” the RFI states.

Officials expect the department to order large-scale systems integration acquisitions and services to maintain the current systems, the RFI stated. Justice also expects the multiple-award contract to have significant effects on future program needs in its offices.

The department is considering awarding of 10 to 15 contracts, according to the RFI. Officials also will decide whether to make a set-aside to increase small-business contracts, based on responses to the RFI.

About the Author

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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