“The DHS Office of Procurement Operations (OPO) intends to issue the FirstSource III solicitation as a small business set-aside with five (5) separate set-aside tracks to include the four (4) small business socio-economic contracting programs: (1) 8(a); (2) Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone); (3) Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB); and (4) Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB). Track 5 will be set-aside for all small businesses (which includes all small businesses and socioeconomic designated small business concerns). The Department anticipates the award of a limited suite of Department-wide Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts from the solicitation. As you may be aware, the FirstSource III procurement is the follow-on effort to the highly successful DHS-wide FirstSource II IDIQ contracts.”
“… This document outlines the preliminary scope of the FirstSource III acquisition which is focused across three key areas. First, the acquisition is designed to continue to provide DHS with the ability to acquire cutting-edge information technology (IT) commodities and related operations and maintenance (O&M) services. In addition to the purchase of IT commodities and O&M, this acquisition is intended to allow for the purchase of other IT services for delivery, configuration, installation, and training directly tied to the IT commodities acquired through the vehicle. Finally, this acquisition will enable the purchase of the full range of managed services for IT commodities.
At this time, DHS is not seeking feedback or comments on the Scope document. This notice is intended to be the first of several industry engagements. For your planning purposes, the following is a near-term high-level timeline of upcoming events:
- Industry Day Registration Information Provided: on or before June 29, 2020
- Draft Requirements Document & Evaluation Factors: on or before June 29, 2020
- Industry Day: Late July 2020
- Comments due from Industry: Early August 2020″
“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 Manufacturers (OEMs) that will be available through Delivery Order competitions. DHS 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 services solutions that combine IT support with the proactive monitoring of IT workstations and infrastructure. Any commercially available IT product may be made available through this contract vehicle…”