Update: CFPB awards bridge contract for Cloud Infrastructure System Administration Services BPA due to protest

Updated July 7, 2020

Solicitation: 9531CB20F0036

Contract Award Number: 47QTCA19D0094

Task/Delivery Order Number: 9531CB20F0090

“The proposed action is to issue a sole source task order to Smartronix, Inc. under GSA Schedule 70 Contract Number 47QTCA19D0094, to continue ongoing mission critical FPB Cloud Infrastructure System Administration Services until a new CFPB Cloud Engineering Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) and respective calls are awarded. The work currently performed under Task Order 9531CB20F0036 will be continued under a single new BPA, which will result from the current competitive procurement process, but has not yet been awarded. CFPB had awarded a BPA prior to the expiration of the current Task Order. However, there was a protest on the BPA award, and that process, combined with the current corrective action measures being undertaken by the Bureau, requires another sole source bridge contract to be executed.

This task order will replace 9531CB20F0036, which was awarded to Smartronix for Cloud Infrastructure System Administration Services.

Under this bridge task order, the Contractor shall provide only the minimum services required to maintain and operate the CFPB suite of applications on selected cloud infrastructure. Additionally, the Contractor shall continue to implement both daily and emergency procedures and the monitoring of CFPB applications. The Contractor shall provide performance reporting and metrics, and ensure the overall reliability of the environment, responsive operations through both proactive planning and rapid situational response.

The Contractor shall provide system administration services to manage the infrastructure supporting the CFPB website(s), portal(s) and other hosted applications, including cloud-specific administration to support capabilities such as automatic bursting and scaling. Designing, delivering and operating cloud deployment architecture for continuous availability and scalability is a significant component of system administration responsibilities.

T&I is requesting approval of this bridge task order, with a base period of three (3) months and one, three (3) month option period, to be exercised at the discretion of the Government. The estimated value of the task order is up to $3,977,402.20, if the option period is exercised. The order will cover a base period of performance of July 18, 2020 to October 17, 2020, and possibly up to January 17, 2021, if the option is exercised.

The period of performance of the current BPA Call that provides these services expires on July 17, 2020. This bridge order is being placed under FAR Part 8.405-6 (a)(1)(A), which permits the placing orders if an “urgent and compelling need exists, and following the procedures would result in unacceptable delays.” Failure to continue these critical services will result in key Bureau IT systems and applications becoming inoperable.

Market research was not conducted for this order, as the initial Cloud Engineering BPA award was subsequently protested, which has resulted in corrective action being taken. These unanticipated circumstances necessitate a bridge task order contract for continuing these services based on an urgent and compelling need.”

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Posted: January 3, 2020

Solicitation: 20343019F00007

“The proposed action is to issue a sole source task order to Smartronix, Inc. under GSA Schedule 70 Contract Number 47QTCA19D0094, to continue ongoing mission critical CFPB Cloud Infrastructure System Administration Services until a new CFPB Cloud Engineering Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) and respective calls are awarded. The work currently performed under BPA #TFSACFPBPA14004, Call 20343019F00007 will be continued under a single new BPA, which will result from the current competitive procurement process, but has not yet been awarded.”

“Further, CFPB cannot issue an in-scope modification and place additional funding to the current BPA Calls because BFS, which is administering the BPA and all Calls thereunder, included a BPA ceiling that has been reached, and is unwilling to allow such modifications to include additional funding to existing orders. A short-term bridge contract is therefore necessary to continue this mission critical T&I support. This task order will replace TFSACFPBPA14004, Call 20343019F00007, awarded to Smartronix for Cloud Infrastructure System Administration Services.”

“… The Contractor shall provide system administration services to manage the infrastructure supporting the CFPB website(s), portal(s) and other hosted applications, including cloud- specific administration to support capabilities such as automatic bursting and scaling. Designing, delivering and operating cloud deployment architecture for continuous availability and scalability is a significant component of system administration responsibilities.

T&I is requesting approval of this bridge task order, with a base period of three (3) months and three (3), one-month option periods, to be exercised at the discretion of the Government. The estimated value of the task order is up to $3,695,206.00, if all option periods are exercised. The order will cover a base period of performance of January 18, 2020 to April 17, 2020, and possibly up to July 17, 2020, if all options are exercised.”

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