DHS held an industry day in March where more than 1,700 vendors attended over two days. This was the third pre-solicitation conference the agency held on the EAGLE II contract.
The Eagle follow-on contract has garnered a lot of attention from both vendors and other agencies. Jim Williams, the former General Services Administration’ Federal Acquisition Service’s Commissioner, says before he retired in April he talked to DHS about moving Eagle 2 under the Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract.
“We told [DHS] that they will redo [Eagle] 2 and frankly if they do it under Alliant and call it [Eagle] 2, you will have same result or if they do a blanket purchase agreement and do a subset of those contracts, they are done,” Williams says in a recent interview with Federal News Radio.
“The amount of money they will pay GSA is miniscule compared to the cost of running and maintaining their own contract. GSA would not anticipate a lot of modifications under IT services so there are no customer service issues there.”
Williams added that GSA made its pitch and DHS decided to do in a different direction.
“We understand that is their prerogative, but when talking about IT services, the vehicles are not the CIOs, but someone else’s,” he says.
“It’s the CIO’s decision working with the chief procurement officer, and they may have chosen to go with Eagle 2. Frankly while I don’t agree with it, I’m not sitting in their position. They listened and I was appreciative of that. I think GSA made a great offer to make Eagle 2 a BPA or for them to just use Alliant.”
DHS has made initial Eagle contract the vehicle of choice for IT services for all components.
Since 2006, DHS has spent more than $8.2 billion on IT services through Eagle, including $1.8 billion in 2009 and already $12.4 million in 2010.
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