US GSA Selects $50B Alliant Participants
The US General Services Administration (GSA) is a procurement hub for many US government agencies. In late July 2007, the GSA announced a continued special focus on easing acquisitions for its largest customer, the Department of Defense (who has some surprising most-requested GSA items), including the launch of a full DoD/GSA portal site.
They’ve also just announced the selection of 29 firms for award under the maximum $50 billion Alliant Governmentwide Acquisition Contract. The Alliant umbrella contract provides all US federal government agencies, including the Pentagon, with a centralized source to acquire integrated Information Technology (IT) solutions worldwide. The contract has a 5-year base period with a 5-year option period, and replaces two similar contracts set to expire: Millenia, and ANSWER (Applications ‘N Support for Widely diverse End user Requirements)…
Alliant is intended to provide streamlined access to a broad range of management and technical support services under a pre-competed multiple award, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity (MA/IDIQ) contract that supports performance-based contracting arrangements. It also supports objectives of the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) program and has been developed within the framework prescribed by the new IT investment budget guidance issued by the US Office of Management & Budget, which helps agencies comply with Federal policies governing IT investments.
According to the GSA’s July 31/07 release, eligible firms include:
- Accenture National Security Services LLC
- Advanced Management Technology Inc.
- Alion Science and Technology Corp.
- AT&T Government Solutions, Inc.
- BAE Systems Information Technology
- BearingPoint Inc.
- Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
- CACI Inc. Federal
- Computer Sciences Corp.
- Dynamic Research Corp.
- Electronic Data Systems Corp.
- General Dyamics One Source LLC
- Harris Corp.
- Indus Corp.
- International Business Machines Corp.
- ITS Corp.
- L-3 Communications Titan Corp.
- Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Inc.
- ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc.
- Modern Technologies, Inc.
- NCI Information Systems, Inc.
- QSS Group, Inc.
- Raytheon Company
- RS Information Systems, Inc.
- Science Applications International Corp.
- SI International Inc.
- Systems Research and Applications Corp. (SAIC)
- TASC, Inc. (Northrop Grumman IT)
- Unisys Corp.
According to The Register, the crafting of the Alliant contract framework was a 2-year process. The GSA is also scheduled to award a companion contract in December 2007 for small businesses, who can then qualify for set-aside contracts under the Alliant framework.