March 25, 2014
by Zach Rausnitz, Fierce Government IT

Federal intelligence agencies could spend up to $6 billion over five years on a wide-ranging information technology contract aiming to integrate IT services into a common environment.

The contract will support the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise, an effort to consolidate IT services across the intelligence community in a bid to to improve information sharing and collaboration. Today, accessing data held by a particular agency can be difficult for others due to disparities in their systems. 

As part of the IC ITE consolidation strategy, the Defense Intelligence Agency released March 18 a request for proposal for a multiple-award contract, called Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise. Intelligence agencies both within the Defense Department and outside it, not just the DIA, will be able to make purchases through it, though DIA will oversee the contract.

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"E-SITE is intended to marry up with and conform with the framework that IC ITE put in place," said Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president at the Information Technology Industry Council, a Washington, D.C.-based industry group.

The contract will involve IT system architecture, project management, software development, help desk services, mobile device support, cybersecurity, satellite communications support and more.

The RFP says awardees will need the expertise in a long list of areas, including understanding the interrelationships of technologies, data migration, and elastic cloud computing – in which a cloud system's capacity shifts automatically in accordance with demand.

The agency says that "it is not possible to determine the precise types or amounts of services that will be ordered" under the E-SITE contract, and that the contractors could have to adapt to "an emergent requirement with little or no advance notice."

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