DHS announces FirstSource III Industry Day

Updated December 3, 2020

DHS is hosting a FirstSource III virtual small business outreach event on Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 10:00am to 11:30am Eastern.  During our virtual small business event the Executive Director of the DHS Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) and a representative from the Small Business Administration will discuss topics of interest for small businesses and how they will impact FirstSource III, such as NAICS Codes and size standards, the Non Manufacturer Rule, Joint Ventures and Teaming Arrangements.  A Question and Answer session will also be held during the virtual event and a status update on the FirstSource III solicitation will be provided.

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Posted November 3, 2020

Notice ID: 70RTAC21R00000003

Related Notice: 70RDAD20RFI000005

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Procurement Operations (OPO) is pleased to present a DRAFT solicitation for the FirstSource III program. This draft solicitation is intended to provide industry with further information on the in-development, draft DHS acquisition strategy and to elicit suggestions and/or questions to improve the final FirstSource III request for proposal (RFP).”

“The primary objective of the FirstSource III acquisition is to establish contracts with experienced Information Technology (IT) Value-Added Resellers (VAR) and experienced Software Publishers. Under FirstSource III offerors with the aforementioned experience will provide a variety of commercially available IT commodity products and services as well as a variety of commercially available software solutions, all of which directly support DHS programs in accomplishing their missions. A primary goal of this acquisition is to generate cost avoidance and savings by leveraging the buying power of DHS and its components, ultimately resulting in the best value for the Government.”

“DHS intends to award multiple Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts from this solicitation for commercial items under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 12 (Acquisition of Commercial Items) using the source selection procedures of FAR 15 (Contracting by Negotiation). As represented immediately above, DHS anticipates awarding multiple IDIQ contracts for IT Value Added Resellers under NAICS 541519 footnote 18 separately from software under NAICS 511210 footnote 20. The contracts will be “mandatory-for-use” within DHS and its components.”

“In support of its mission and strategic goals, DHS requires commercial IT commodity solutions and value-added reseller services for a wide variety of applications throughout the Department. DHS requires access to emerging technological advances and new business practices that increase productivity, efficiency, and/or reduce costs while leveraging Department-wide buying power to obtain the lowest available prices. The scope of this contract is to provide DHS with a full array of value-added reseller services and access to a wide and renewable variety of IT commodities and solutions (hardware and software) from multiple Original Equipment requires that hardware and software be available to address an increasingly difficult, complex, and evolving set of requirements, while also providing IT product-based solutions to assist all components in meeting their IT needs. Furthermore, DHS may require managed IT service solutions that combine IT support with the proactive monitoring of IT workstations and infrastructure. Any commercially available IT product and value-added reseller services may be made available through this contract vehicle. Equipment and software are …”

“The overall objectives that the Department intends to achieve over the course of the program are to:

  • Obtain the best value for the delivery of IT commodities and related services offered by the Contractor as determined through application of fair opportunity and competition in the ordering process.
  • Maintain continuous access to a broad range of IT and new technology as it is introduced to the commercial marketplace
  • Provide and implement a set of performance measurements and metrics to include current and accurate data for the following areas:
    • Customer Satisfaction Measurement,
    • Spend Management, and
    • Problem Resolution Measurement.
  • Meet dynamic DHS customer requirements for IT commodities solutions and VAR services, special delivery needs, and related services throughout the term of the contract.
  • Implement standardized IT configurations and solutions consistent with the evolving DHS Enterprise Architecture standards.
  • Provide a flexible and dynamic contract vehicle to access and leverage world-class small business partners.”

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