Army releases sources sought notice for intelligence technical support services
On May 17, the U.S. Army posted a sources sought notice for intelligence technical support services (Solicitation Number: W564KV-16-ITSS). The deadline for response to this request is no later than 3:00 pm, EST on May 19.
The 409th Contracting Support Brigade, Theater Contracting Center (409th CSB TCC) is issuing this sources sought notice/synopsis as a means of conducting market research to identify parties having an interest in and the resources to support the requirement for US Army Europe/7th Army for a non-personal services contract for intelligence technical support throughout the US Army Europe (USAREUR) Area of Responsibility (AOR) which includes but is not be limited to Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and Africa. The purpose is to provide timely intelligence for Army in Europe activities to enhance conduct of operations and support Force Protection of forces in Germany and Italy, and to deployed contingency operations in the Balkans. Current locations required include Germany (Wiesbaden, Grafenwoehr, and Darmstadt), Italy (Vicenza), and Kosovo (Camp Bondsteel). Intelligence analysis work under the ITSS contract includes All-Source and single disciplines, such as Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence (CI/HUMINT) and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) as well as specialized skills, i.e., counter terrorism, criminal intelligence, insider threat, and other areas. Support to intelligence operations includes security services; and personnel screening support. Operation, maintenance, and sustainment of Information Technology (IT) networks and systems include System Engineering and Network Engineering.
The 409th CSB TCC anticipates that no other contractor other than the incumbent can fulfill this requirement due to time constraints caused by host nation laws requiring Department of Defense Contractor Personnel (DOCPER) approvals. A new competitive contract would require a full review of the contract and all positions by the German Foreign Office/Laender and Italian Sending States for compliance with Article 72 (and Notes Verbales) and Article 73 of the Supplemental Agreement to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement, in accordance with USAREUR Regulation 600-700. This DOCPER approval process has historically taken 6-9 months and in some cases over a year to obtain the proper approvals necessary for performance. This contract is only for a 9 month period of performance to cover a gap in performance due to a protest of a competitive follow-on contract. This contract is expected to be a sole source unless another contractor than the incumbent can prove they have the capability to adhere to the PWS and obtain all DOCPER approvals for all necessary positions by 1 July 2016.
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