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GSA Awards Seat Management Task Order to DynCorp/TechServ

GSA # 9599

July 21, 1999
Contact: Bill Bearden (202) 501-1231

Washington, DC -- The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded a task order under its Seat Management program for the Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General (HUD OIG) to DynCorp/TechServ, of Reston, VA. This award is the third Seat Management Task Order and is for $50.9M over a 10-year period.

Seat Management provides the full spectrum of computing services as performance based service rather than traditional labor hour contracting. The service encompasses the full-distributed computing environment. Additionally, the DynCorp solution provides HUD OIG the network, communications, and data security required to transition the organization to an automated workflow process.

The services will support 700 employees located across the country. The DynCorp solution provides a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) that fully encompasses the encryption and archiving requirements of an investigative agency like HUD OIG. Upon full implementation of the network, investigators and auditors will have the capability to access the network from wherever they may be working. Investigators and auditors will also have the capability to access and search the HUD OIG databases of current cases as well as archived cases.

"I see Seat Management as the ideal solution for an organization like the HUD OIG," said Susan Gaffney, the HUD Inspector General. "We have high security needs that dictate independent operation, but we did not want to try to assemble an in-house staff capable of meeting our information technology needs and staying abreast of current technology. Also, dealing with one contractor rather than a variety of contractors will certainly reduce our contract administration workload."

Program Manager, William Stine, initiated the requirements analysis to determine how best to provide a secure computing environment for the OIG investigators and auditors about a year ago. "We had requirements for high security, and anywhere-anytime access," Stine said. "These requirements tend to be in opposition to each other. Dyncorp/TechServ has provided an excellent solution, and we are eager to proceed."

The existence of the Seat Management indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts made this time-compressed best-value acquisition possible. The entire cycle of Task Order Request (TOR) development to Task Order (TO) award required only eight weeks. This award demonstrates the flexibility of the Seat Management contracts to accommodate unique requirements, such as secure networking or time constrained acquisitions, of civilian Federal government agencies or Department of Defense components. HUD OIG's Task Order is now the benchmark for a secure computing environment.

The Seat Management process gives all eight (8) Seat Management Contractors a fair opportunity to bid on each TO requirement. The TO requirement is then competed among those contractors who choose to participate. Award is made on a best value basis where the technical solution is more important the price. Because the master contract is in place, awarded TOs are not subject to protest.

"They came to GSA for a network solution to satisfy compelling mission requirements," said P. Christopher Wren, GSA Seat Management Program Director. "The result of the acquisition is a secure networking environment that provides improved service for HUD OIG users at a reasonable cost. We are proud to have them adopt Seat Management services and happy to have them as one of our early paradigm partners. Their vision in this regard will pave the way for others to follow."

Three task orders have been awarded under the GSA Seat Management contracts. The Litton/PRC $140M Task Order provides service for GSA, and Wang Government Services recently won the Task Order valued at $88M for the Treasury Departmental Offices. The Seat Management Services contracts are worth a maximum value of $9 billion over 10 years to eight prime companies.

GSA celebrated its 50-year anniversary on July 1. It is an executive branch agency that provides policy leadership and expertly managed space, products, services and solutions at the best value to enable Federal employees to accomplish their mission. Its information technology and telecommunications services are provided by the Federal Technology Service, which delivers reimbursable local and long-distance telecommunications, information technology, and information security services to Federal agencies.

GSA's Federal Technology Service includes multi-disciplinary teams dedicated to providing leadership within the Federal government in procuring information technology and telecommunications services at the lowest cost to the taxpayer and the greatest value to Federal agencies. To better provide its customers around the world with best value, innovation, integration, and interoperability, FTS services cover procurements under two business lines: network services and information technology solutions. The current emphasis is on positioning the government to take advantage of potential cost savings of the rapid advances in information technology.

For more information on the HUD OIG Task Order contact Tom Crowder, Project Manager, at (703) 605-9814 or tom.crowder@gsa.gov. For information on the GSA Seat Management Program contract Jeannie Lee, Deputy Program Director, at (703) 605-9894 or jeannie.lee@gsa.gov.