Research Report

CHESS Acquisition Vehicles at a Glance

By the time the Army announced the award of the five-year, $5 billion IT Enterprise Solutions-3 Hardware contract in February, ITES-2H had been extended four times, with more than $1 billion eventually added to its initial order ceiling.

Originally, the goal was to make eight awards for ITES-3H (two more than for ITES-2H), with four each to large and small businesses. In the end, 17 companies received contracts, and eight went to small companies.

The protests and drawn-out awards process reflect the importance the Army and industry place on the acquisition vehicle. Anticipation is also strong for the third generations of the Army Desktop and Mobile Computing (ADMC) and ITES-3 Services vehicles, but those awards are still at least a year away. Until then, here are the CHESS offerings that are available governmentwide.

— FCW staff

ITES-3H

  • IT hardware
  • 5 years, including options
  • Ceiling of $5 billion
  • 17 contracts, 8 small businesses
  • Available until February 2021

ITES-2S

  • IT services
  • 12 years, including options
  • Ceiling of $20 billion
  • 16 contracts, 2 small businesses
  • Available until April 2018

ADMC-2

  • Desktop computers and mobile devices
  • 10 years, including options
  • Ceiling of $5.7 billion
  • 8 contracts, 3 small businesses
  • Available until October 2017

IT Solutions-Small Business

  • Small-business IT services
  • 5 years, including options
  • Ceiling of $400 million
  • 9 contracts, all small businesses
  • Available until April 2018

Additional information can be found at chess.army.mil.