SOCOM’s TACLAN IT Contracts
Special forces are even more reliant on excellent communications infrastructure, and on help desk support that can go the extra miles with them. On October 2005, IT consulting firm iGov Technologies, Inc. in McLean, VA received an indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity contract to design, install, and support US SOCOM’s Tactical Local Area Network (TACLAN) related equipment, as part of the Special Operations Forces Digital Environment (PM-SDE) program. TACLAN provides everything from help desk support, to management and evolution of hardware configurations, to the creation of new software that offers flexible interfaces to communications, databases, and mission applications.
iGovTech created Team TACLAN, based in Tampa, FL, to execute the contract, which included additional industry and academic partners. Until a 2012 award appeared to have placed TACLAN’s near-term future in other hands…
Feb 4/13: iGov, again. iGov Technologies Inc. in Reston, VA receives a $500 million single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide the Tactical Local Area Network (TACLAN) Family of Systems acquisition, design, integration, production, and delivery in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. The contract will be performed in Tampa, FL. US Special Operations Command at MacDill AFB, FL manages the contract (H92222-13-D-0001).
Conversations with iGov confirmed that there had been a bid protest regarding the March 2012 award to Arma Global. The reason no decision can be found is that SOCOM decided to withdraw the award and make changes before the GAO ruled. Changes were made to the solicitation, vendors were asked to re-submit, and this is the award going forward.
iGov wins re-compete
Jan 9/13: Another bridge. iGov Technologies in Reston, VA gets another added to its current TACLAN contract maximum, which rises from $530 – 566 million.
The implied $40 million insert following the July 6/12 award, and before this award, was not announced publicly. Work is being performed in Tampa, FL, and is expected be complete by June 30/13. U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill AFB, FL manages the contract (H92222-08-D-0017).
July 6/12: Bridging. iGov Technologies in Reston, VA gets another $20 million added to its current TACLAN contract maximum, which rises from $470 – $490 million. This kind of bridging funding is a normal occurrence when contracts are being transitioned from one provider to another.
Work is being performed in Tampa, FL, and is expected be complete by Dec 31/12. U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill AFB, FL manages the contract (H92222-08-D-0017).
April 3/12: Arma Global Corp. in Tampa, FL a $500 million single-award indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract to provide the TACLAN family of systems, from design to delivery, in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. The contract will be performed in Tampa, FL. US Special Operations Command manages the contract (H92222-12-D-0010).
ARMA is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, which includes a number of former Special Forces and DoD personnel. Unfortunately for Arma, a protest by iGov led SOCOM to re-do the competition, and iGov was awarded the re-competed contract.
New contractor win, protested
March 15/12: US SOCOM issues 2 FBO solicitations for TACLAN work. One is a secure WLAN solicitation:
“This request for information is a market research tool to gain knowledge of potential qualified sources which will be used for planning purposes and to determine if potential sources exist to support the requirement… USSOCOM is seeking information from companies capable of providing a non-developmental, deployable, NSA- approved secure wireless local area network (WLAN) capability.”
The other involves a related solicitation for securing data:
“USSOCOM is seeking information from companies capable of providing a non-developmental, National Institute of Standards (NIST)/National Security Agency (NSA)-approved capability that protects Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) and up to SECRET Data at Rest (DaR) on Special Operations Forces (SOF) Mobile Computing Devices (MCD). This capability will be highly integrated with the Tactical Local Area Network (TACLAN) Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) capabilities…”
June 21/11: Final TACLAN RFP issued on FBO.gov. It has gone through many modifications since the original solicitation on Nov 23/10.
Feb 19/10: iGov Technologies of McLean, VA gets its TACLAN contract maximum increased from $300 million to $450 million, presumably as part of a contract extension (92222-08-D-0017, Modification).
Oct 5/05: iGov receives the TACLAN contract, with a maximum ordering amount of $300 million. Work will be performed in Tampa, FL; and firm-fixed price, cost-plus fixed fee, or time and material orders may be placed over the next 5 years. This contract was awarded through a Small Business Set-Aside competitive procurement (H92222-05-D-0017). iGov release.
Main TACLAN contract