This summer looks like a good one for small businesses, as small-business contracts with the federal government worth more than $2 billion are set to open for competition in the coming months.

The upcoming contract competitions include opportunities across the defense landscape, with requirements ranging from geospatial capabilities to IT and professional services.

Here’s a look at three notable contracts — all specifically set aside for small businesses — that will be open for new competition this May:

Air Force

The Advanced Technical Exploitation Program II contract vehicle provides intelligence services focused on analyzing and making use of data. The existing program has three contractors.

Deltek anticipates four awards in this small-business competition. Contracts are expected to consist of a four-year base period and four one-year options, for a maximum duration of eight years.

The program has $120 million in annual funding, meaning the contract could be worth up to $960 million over eight years. A solicitation release is expected in May.

The Technical and Management Advisory Services contract vehicle will provide advisory and assistance services for aerospace research, development, test and evaluation at the Air Force Flight Test Center.

Deltek anticipates five to seven awards in this small-business competition. Awarded contracts will consist of a five-year ordering period; each task order will last up to three years.

The total effort is valued at $600 million and Deltek expects the solicitation’s release in May.


The Installation Geospatial Information Services program will provide basic installation, energy and environment geospatial capability across the Army. Awardees will develop standard data and functionality, increase geographic information system — or GIS — availability and eliminate redundant capabilities.

Deltek expects multiple awards in this small-business competition. Contracts will include a one-year base period with four additional one-year options.

The contract has four incumbent vendors whose total contracts’ combined value is $474 million. The recompetition is anticipated to be of equal or greater value.

The solicitation is expected in May.

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