US State Dept posts Intelligence and Research Information Support System RFI
On April 16, the U.S. Department of State posted a request for information for its Intelligence and Research Information Support System (INRISS) O&M (Solicitation Number: 19AQMM18N0048). Responses are due by May 3.
This is a Request for Information (RFI) as outlined in FAR 15.201(c)(7). The purpose of this RFI is to accomplish market research pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 10, and to identify vendors capable of performing the functions described herein. The Government is requesting information FROM SMALL BUSINESSES regarding services to support the Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s Intelligence and Research Information Support System (INRISS).
The U.S. Department of State (DoS), Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) mission is to ensure that U.S. diplomacy is informed by the best possible intelligence and analytical insights, and that Intelligence Community (IC) activities are consistent with and supportive of the country’s national security and foreign policy objectives. The primary purpose of INR is to manage intelligence information to serve the foreign and domestic needs of the Secretary of State, the President’s representatives (ambassadors) and functional and regional DoS bureaus.
The Intelligence and Research Information Support System (INRISS) is the primary information processing system utilized in INR. In addition, it also interfaces with other IC activities and Communities of Interests (COIs). The INRISS system became operational for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) processing in 1987. It is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The system is continuously evolving to meet the requirements of the INR analysts and the IC. Evolvement includes the development of technology needed to improve product quality, modernization of processes, ensuring product reliability and facilitating the rapid dissemination of INR products.
There is a subsystem of INRISS, termed e-Intel, which allows for the electronic delivery of finished intelligence to clients located in approved Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs) for use by cleared and approved TS/SCI individuals in their respective Bureaus. e-Intel also allows for the communication with other Intelligence Community (IC) counterparts though IC-Email, web sites, blogs, and Community of Interest (COI) sites. INRISS and e-Intel consists of commercial off the shelf (COTS), government off the shelf (GOTS) and specifically designed software to integrate layered products in support of INR analyst requirements. In addition to TS/SCI systems, INR maintains a presence on ClassNet and OpenNet, the Departments SIPR/NIPR equivalents.
The objectives of this task/delivery order are to maintain and improve INRISS and Department of State collateral networks by providing assistance in managing, operating and supporting the IT infrastructure; network, security and integration services; software services; systems engineering; and performance measurements. To achieve these objectives, INR requires contractor support in assistance, training, documentation and advanced technical studies.
Full information is available here.