US SOCOM Raises Ceiling on ALMBOS Contract As Follow-on Contract Awaits GAO Protest Review
Jacobs Technology in Tampa, FL received a $50 million increase on its contract ceiling to provide acquisition, logistics, management, and business operations support (ALMBOS) to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). This will bring the total contact ceiling to $510 million.
Jacobs is 1 of 2 firms that provide support services to USSOCOM under ALMBOS contracts, which expire April 30/10. The other firm is Gemini Industries. The raising of the ceiling will enable US SOCOM to continue to fill task orders after the April 30 expiration date.
At the same time, US SOCOM launched an RFP to award a follow-on contract, called the Global Battlestaff and Program Support (GBPS) contract, with a potential value of $2.7 billion. But the GAO is reviewing a protest over the RFP…
According to SOCOM, the objective of the GBPS RFP [pdf] is to acquire a broad range of support services, including:
“global SOF-unique non-personal services and expertise to provide intellectual capital to assist with day-to-day business operations;…time sensitive planning; interagency support; intelligence operations; military planning, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) program analysis; biometrics, socio-cultural analysis, geospatial analysis, signals intelligence, and human terrain initiatives with ISR support; administrative support; public affairs; training; accounting; budgeting; joint support, budget and resource management activities; readiness planning and reporting; personnel and manpower accountability and reporting; acquisition and life cycle program management; procurement support; engineering support including research, development, science, technology, and systems engineering; graphics support and other business for USSOCOM.”
The US SOCOM had hoped to award the contract in March 2010, but Gemini Industries filed a bid protest regarding the solicitation (H92222-09-R-0034) with the GAO on March 8/10. The case is currently open.
Jacobs will perform the work under the ALMBOS ceiling increase in Tampa, FL and other locations. The ceiling increase was accomplished by issuing a modification to contract number USZA22-02-D-0014.
Correction: A previous version of this story identified the existing ALMBOS contract as the new GBPS contract.