GSA launches Air Force contract

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The General Services Administration and the Air Force are looking for bidders in what will become a multiple-award blanket purchase agreement for IT hardware and products to replace the $7 billion Network Centric Solutions-2 contract.

GSA signed a memorandum of understanding with the Air Force last summer to set up the Netcents-2 IT Products BPA. The new BPA would be based on GSA's IT hardware category team and IT Schedule 70.

The Air Force's Netcents-2 IT will be replaced with the 2nd Generation Information Technology (2GIT) BPA, according to GSA. The Netcents-2IT indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract expires in November 2019.

The 2GIT BPA is designed to give the Air Force a fast, effective way to get IT hardware and commodity software, ancillary supplies and services at discounted prices leveraging GSA's economies of scale.  

In the draft RFQ issued last October, GSA estimated that the 2GIT could generate $850 million to $1 billion annually in volume sales and $5.5 billion over the length of the five-year contract.

GSA and the Air Force are looking for contractors in five buckets of products and services, including data center gear and software; end-user products such as laptops, desktops and commercial off-the-shelf software; network gear and software, including routers, switches and teleconferencing capabilities; and radio equipment including handheld devices, charging equipment and vehicle radio equipment. The fifth bucket is a "total solution" that encompasses all the other categories.

Vendors that want to get on the 2GIT BPA can bid through e-Buy until April 18. GSA plans to host an online pre-quotation conference March 14 to discuss the request for quotes.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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