DHS FEMA RFI: IPAWS Management Support

Notice ID: FEMA-RFI-2022IPAWS

“The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is a national system that supports local alerting through integrated systems, services, and capabilities to Federal, state, territorial, tribal, local alerting authorities (AA), and emergency managers – enabling them to provide emergency alerts to people in their respective communities. In close collaboration with their critical stakeholders, IPAWS provides an integrated architecture and enables a concept of operations to alert the nation to a wide variety of incidents (e.g., disasters, AMBER alerts, etc.). IPAWS coordinates with over 1,500 public alerting authorities across 50 states, and 3 U.S territories, including law enforcement, military agencies, emergency managers, and Native American tribes. IPAWS is made up of 77 Primary Entry Point (PEP) Radio Stations across the U.S. and its territories. The IPAWS Program must maintain knowledge of the systems, infrastructure, standards, policies, and acquisitions, and support its stakeholders, including the American public, in support of its mission.”

“IPAWS priorities and current and planned initiatives include the need to innovate to support vulnerable populations, migrate to the cloud and provide redundancy, fulfill Congressional mandates, and achieve acquisition milestones. Multiple tasks within several/all of these task areas are expected to be required concurrently at multiple sites across the United States and its Territories.”

“FEMA’s National Continuity Programs (NCP) IPAWS Division is conducting market research on available vendors to provide the IPAWS Program Office with PMO professional support, stakeholder engagement, policy advocacy and analysis, and engineering services. The contractor would work with the IPAWS Program Office to maintain all components of the program, as well as develop new operations and enhancements.”

“The IPAWS PMO may, in the future, seek contract support to manage all facets of program management support which includes but is not limited to information collection, communications, and support for program activities that guide strategic and tactical approaches developed to meet IPAWS critical mission requirements.”

“FEMA anticipates that the IPAWS Management Support effort will have a five (5) year period of performance with a value in excess of $84M. It is anticipated to be a single award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, though FEMA invites feedback on this approach. The quantity of task orders awarded each year is estimated to be from 4 to 10 with annual values range from $350K-$6M each. FEMA anticipates that the awardee will have up to fifteen (15) business days to respond to each task order and will be responsible for fully staffing each effort within twenty-five (25) business days of award.”

“The SOO tasks support these four overarching roles. For initiatives such as the IPAWS National Test (INT), this project provides critical special project support under the Project Management Support task. This task requires portfolio-level management and integration of all IPAWS initiatives, providing schedule, metrics, quality, risk management, and support for program-level interactions with stakeholders. Project-level support aligns each project effort to the overall portfolio, developing plans, and monitoring performance against mission requirements…”

“Also critical to IPAWS success is continued funding of the program for operations and new enhancements. Therefore, Acquisition Support for initiatives like the upcoming stage called Discrete Segment 2 (DS-2) and support for a highly scored Business Case (formerly known as OMB 300) can help IPAWS achieve this. The IPAWS Program deployed IPAWS-OPEN to a commercially hosted cloud environment in 2021. The transition involved outsourcing the hosting of IPAWS-OPEN to a commercial Cloud Service Provider (CSP) Infrastructure as Service (IaSS). A cloud-based architecture will allow FEMA to meet the need for surge messaging capacity associated with large disasters and aligns with Federal and departmental IT strategies. Management rigor, repeatable processes, and acquisition and business case expertise are essential to continuing IPAWS efforts without disruption…”

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