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Large Air Force and HHS contract solicitations expected this summer

Several noteworthy federal contracts are up for competition this summer. These multiple-award and government-wide contracts should provide ample competition for both large and small businesses while also affording many opportunities for teaming. The contracts cover a vast range of services, in many locations, serving many different organizations, offering the winners great prospects for building business.

Air Force

The first contract program, called Contract Field Team Maintenance, is to support the Defense Department, both inside and outside the United States.

The winners will be responsible for modification, maintenance, inspection and repair of aircraft, vehicles, aerospace equipment, communications equipment, data processing, cryptologic equipment, missile systems and ground support equipment.

The competition includes a small-business set-aside and has an anticipated value of $11.4 billion. The duration includes a three-year base with two two-year options and an additional six-month option.

Deltek expects a solicitation in June.

The second contract program, called the Contract Augmentation Program IV, will provide the Air Force with support for base operations, particularly the contingency skills and resources needed to sustain military forces in operations such as disaster recovery anywhere in the world.

This will be an unrestricted competition. The contracts durations will consist of one base year with four one-year option periods. Contracts may run for up to five years. The total program value is estimated to be $5 billion, and the solicitation is expected in June.

Health and Human Services

The Chief Information Officer — Commodity Solutions contract is to provide commodity IT equipment and software for the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies.

Only one solicitation is planned; however, around half of the awards will be made to small businesses, and ordering officers will be able to set individual delivery orders aside for small business.

The contracts’ duration is expected to be 10 years, with an estimated maximum value of $10 billion. Deltek estimates a solicitation in May.

Ashley Bergander is research manager at Herndon-based Deltek, which conducts research on the government contracting market and can be found at www.deltek.com.

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