The FBI has put $30 billion of contracts in IT services and products up for grabs on the FBI IT Supplies and Support Services Contract. It's the single-largest contract in the history of the FBI ““ and many Washington, D.C.-based government contractors are vying for the bids.
The work will involve a wide range of tasks, including hardware and software development, operations, and maintenance, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism analytics. The contract has a one-year base period of performance, with seven one-year options.
Companies are employing a number of strategies to win the contracts, which could also include projects under the umbrella of the Department of Justice.
Some companies have past relationships with the agency, which might be an advantage.
“We’ve been providing IT support and services to the FBI for almost two decades,“ said Tom Sechler, BAE Systems VP and general manager for intelligence and security. “That makes us uniquely qualified to understand and provide technology systems and services to the Bureau.”
“Our proven track record with the FBI combined with this award strengthens ID’s position as a leading technology solutions provider in the federal government,” he said.
Other companies are hoping their specialized knowledge in topics such as cybersecurity will give them an edge.
“Through this significant new contract vehicle, SAIC will continue to support the FBI mission with a variety of advanced IT capabilities enhanced by cybersecurity products and services,” said SAIC Senior VP and Business Unit General Manager John Hynes.
Salient plans to put its best people on the job for the FBI.
“Through our Talent Operations Centers, a best practices approach to talent acquisition and deployment, we can better serve the FBI and associated offices through rapidly deploying the required talent and IT solutions with speed, precision, quality and results,” said John Humphrey, senior vice president of Salient Federal.
Although it's too early to tell who has the winning strategy, one thing is for sure: with Lockheed Martin, Deloitte, Accenture and General Dynamics also in the running, the competition is sure to be tough.