Acquisition

COMET hits the street

GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock) 

The General Services Administration issued the solicitation for its CIO Modernization and Enterprise Transformation (COMET) contract on June 17.

The solicitation for the COMET Blanket Purchase Agreement went out to vendors on the agency's eBuy platform.

COMET is a re-compete of GSA'S CAMEO contract that supports the main IT environment at the Federal Acquisition Service, which encompasses the GSA Global Supply, multiple award schedules, personal property management, travel, fleet, purchase card services and integrated technology programs.

The agency split COMET into two parts that are being bid separately. The request for quotations on the architecture, engineering and advisory support portion closed on April 29, as the agency looks to select a single provider for architectural and programmatic services under the AEA contract.

An April note from the agency said it was reviewing vendor responses to the other half of the contract, the multiple-award BPA. An earlier draft solicitation split vendors into large and small vendor tracks for app maintenance, enhancement and transformation services. Both BPA tracks, it said, would likely contain up to five vendors each.

In its June 17 notice, GSA said vendors had until July 1 to submit information for step one of the RFQ through eBuy.

This first step is part of a five-stage bidder selection process, according to the draft RFQ. The first factor is submission of past experience, which could lead to an invitation to provide explanations of bidders' technical and management approaches. If GSA selects bidders to move on, they would face a technical challenge exercise and then submit pricing.

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, tele.com 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.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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