Award Context and Insight

05/19/2017 8:04 AM

RS3: More Awards Very Likely to Come

The Army’s announcement this week of 15 large businesses and 40 small businesses for the Army’s $37.4 billion Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services (RS3) contract vehicle was notable in the names that were missing. The top incumbents, CACI and Lockheed Martin, plus other expected names were not on the list.
But it’s not over yet.
The RS3 solicitation included an unusual “Phase 2” process. The solicitation said that if 25 large businesses weren’t selected in the first round, then the Army would send out “Evaluation Notices” to bidders that would permit further consideration for awards. Companies may have had minor compliance concerns to address before the Army was ready to make an award.  Word is that many companies have in fact received evaluation notices, or “ENs,” so  it appears Phase 2 is underway. That means it’s highly likely that more awards will be made in the next few weeks or months.
The Army revealed that there were 387 bidders. Don’t be surprised to see quite a few additional companies receive RS3 awards.
RS3 will likely be the most important professional services and C4ISR services contract for the Army over the next decade. Orders from the current Strategic Sourcing for Services contract, the Rapid Response Third Generation (R23G) IDIQ and three other contract vehicles will be consolidated onto RS3. Stay tuned first for additional awardees, and then a wave of task order competitions. In the near term, Nation Analytics will be issuing an analysis identifying all of the upcoming recompetes. Contact us if you’d like to learn more.