The federal Department of State (DoS) released a draft version of the EVOLVE IT Services Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) solicitation on October 24th. This multi-award contract (MAC) is replacing 23 Bureau of IRM (Information Resource Management) contracts including 2010’s Vanguard 2.2.1.
EVOLVE will have a five-year base term and may include option periods that could extend task orders by up to 5 additional years. The award ceiling, while initially stated at $4 billion, could be as high as $8 billion per the most recent contract documents.
The IDIQ includes five pools. Noted in the draft, the requirements for the awardees for each pool are as follows:
Pool 1 – IT Management Services will provide management, strategy, and planning of the enterprise IT portfolio. This may include requirements ranging from Enterprise Architecture and IT Finance resources to data analytics and governance of portfolio management processes. Requirements for vendors in this pool may also include performance monitoring and reporting of services performed by vendors in Pools 2-5.
Pool 2 – Network & Telecom Services will provide voice and data network and supporting services such as load balancing, domain services, virtual private network, and the internet to enable communications within and outside the enterprise.
Pool 3 – Cloud & Data Center Services will provide internal and/or external cloud services including IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. Providers will also offer secure and controlled environments for housing compute, storage, network and other technology equipment.
Pool 4 – Application Development Services will provide software application development, testing, release, support, and operations.
Pool 5 – Customer & End User Services will provide end user computing devices and support for end users.
Up to 6 companies will be awarded to each pool. Regarding set-asides, the Cloud & Data Center Services pool is for Total Small Business companies. The other pools are full and open.
As technology is rapidly changing, the DoS is expecting the awardees to be able to adapt to fluctuations and emerging technologies during the life of the contact. As such, the DoE will be seeking best-in-class firms who offer innovation, ideation, and modernization while enhancing cybersecurity.
There are several levels of criteria that will play a role in who is ultimately selected. Potential awardees initially must pass basic requirements such as CMMI/ISO certifications and Top-Secret Facility clearance, then submit responses to a primary technical challenge and list previous experience/past performance. DoS will then provide a confidence assessment based on the Source Selection Evaluation Board (SSEB). Once a potential awardee has cleared these hurdles, their proposals will receive further confidence rankings based on responses to a secondary technical challenge, cybersecurity, management approach, and ability to achieve results through teaming factors.
EVOLVE is a very lucrative opportunity for best-in-class firms offering IT services that leverage enhanced cybersecurity. It will be highly competitive as demonstrated by the interest shown by nearly 600 firms that attended the Industry Day. To keep track of the EVOLVE vehicle and other IT related federal opportunities, sign up for a trial of EZGovOpps and receive regular analyst updates.