DHS extends FirstSource III proposal due date
On August 12, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an amendment to the FirstSource III proposal due date. This amendment extends the Phase II proposal response date from August 24, 2022 at 10 am Eastern to September 7, 2022 at 10 am Eastern.
Information Technology (IT) commodities, solutions, and Value-Added Reseller (VAR) services permeate almost every element of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and represent a significant portion of the IT budget. The purpose of this acquisition is to establish FirstSource III, DHS’s department-wide vehicle for a wide variety of IT commodities (hardware and software) and value-added reseller services. This acquisition will assist the Government in minimizing incompatibilities and maximizing strategic decision making across the IT infrastructure. This objective is met firstly by focusing on commercial and standards-based technology and acquisition practices. Secondly, information flow between industry and the Government end-user is paramount in providing the Government with the knowledge to make informed decisions. With a full suite of standardized products and ready access to key data, it is anticipated that DHS will have the ability to use these contracts for strategic IT purchases.
In support of its mission and strategic goals, DHS requires commercial IT commodity solutions and value-added reseller services for a wide variety of applications throughout the Department. DHS requires access to emerging technological advances and new business practices that increase productivity, efficiency, and/or reduce costs while leveraging Department-wide buying power to obtain the lowest available prices. The scope is to provide DHS with a full array of value-added reseller services and access to a wide and renewable variety of IT commodities and solutions (hardware and software) from multiple Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that will be available through Delivery Order competitions.
DHS anticipates awarding multiple IDIQ contracts under two Functional Categories, one Functional Category for IT Value Added Resellers (ITVAR) using NAICS Code 541519 footnote 18 and a second Functional Category for software using NAICS 511210 footnote 20. The two Functional Categories are separate and distinct from one another. DHS requires hardware and software to address an increasingly difficult, complex, and evolving set of requirements, while also providing IT product-based solutions to assist all components in meeting their IT needs. Furthermore, DHS may require managed IT service solutions that combine IT support with the proactive monitoring of IT workstations and infrastructure. Any commercially available IT product and value-added reseller services may be made available through this vehicle. The ITVAR Functional Category using NAICS 541519 footnote 18 and the Software Functional Category using NAICS 511210 footnote 20 are categorized below. Please note, the awarded contract will reflect either C.3.1 or C.3.2 below based upon the proposal and source selection process.
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