This blog post is part of a series on the Fiscal Year End. Check out the other posts in this series.


In couple of posts in this FY end series I’ve covered the re-competes of high profile indefinite delivery vehicles that are going on right now. In this post I want to highlight a few important,new IDIQs that are nearing award for the first time.

Africa Contingency Operations and Training Assistance Program (ACOTA) IDIQ

  • Agency: Department of State
  • Solicitation status: Solicitation of proposals
  • Due Date: 8/24/2015
  • Ceiling: $600 million
  • Award type: Multiple award, large and small businesses

The ACOTA IDIQ will be a new Department of State vehicle geared much more toward the international development areas of the agency’s mission. One could be forgiven for nearly mistaking this for a USAID contract. The stated objective of the program is to enhance the capacity of African countries and regional organizations to “prevent, manage, and resolve conflicts.” The scope of services has a greater focus on the pragmatic, security and logistics components of such a mission, which is what puts this contract in State’s wheelhouse.

This is an interesting procurement for State. It’s a high dollar value, multi-year vehicle that they intend to award to five companies, and three of those are meant for Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned (SDVO) small businesses. This is interesting because there are no SDVO smalls that have a contract history with State in the NAICS code for this project (541690: Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services). There are a few in related categories, but State appears to be trying to bring some new vendors on board.

I investigated probable bidders using GovTribe’s Radar tool, and I highly recommend you do the same. Particularly if you are a non-SDVO who wants to bid on this IDIQ, you may want to try to partner with an SDVO. There’s still plenty of time to submit a proposal and Radar can help you find the most competitive partner.

Recommended actions on GovTribe:

  • Track the ACOTA Project page to make sure you’re alerted if and when updates are posted or the due date changes.
  • Set an Alert for “ACOTA” with an agency filter of “Department of State” in case State posts any updates disconnected from the existing notice chain.
  • Use Radar to research SDVO vendors who are likely bidders or might be competitive and find yourself a teaming partner!

Program Support Services IDIQ

  • Agency: Defense Security Service
  • Solicitation status: Solicitation of proposals
  • Due Date: 7/30/2015
  • Ceiling: $30 million
  • Award type: Single award, 100% small businesses

I wanted to highlight this Defense Security Service IDIQ procurement because it's almost certainly going to be awarded before September 30, and it’s one that appears to be undergoing some pre-award challenges. Proposals were originally due on 5/5 and the contracting office was silent for a couple of months thereafter. An update was posted on 7/16 with amended contract terms and a revised proposal due date of 7/30.

The changes to the performance work statement are centered on phase in and transitioning of responsibilities from legacy contracts. Additional detail was added on key personnel requirements as well. This suggests there may be a rough transition once this contract is awarded, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of the legacy contract-holders are getting subsumed into the bid team of the preferred awardee.

At this point, it's probably too late for new interested vendors to submit a bid. But for companies working in the space, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on this contract. It could be a rough kick-off and ramp-up that creates opportunity for other parties.

Recommended actions on GovTribe:

  • Track the Program Support Services IDIQ Project page to make sure you’re alerted if and when updates are posted or an award announcement is made.
  • Set an Alert for “Program Support Services” with an office filter of “Defense Security Service” in case DSS posts any updates disconnected from the existing notice chain.

DOL Employment & Training Administration (ETA) /Office of Info Sys & Tech (OIST) Legacy Support Services

  • Agency: Department of Labor
  • Solicitation status: Sources sought
  • Due Date: 7/27/2015
  • Ceiling: Not announced
  • Award type: Single award, business type unknown

This Department of Labor support services procurement is also worth keeping an eye on. It is a very broadly scoped technical, management, and support services IDIQ that Labor apparently intends to award to a single vendor. They also appeared eager to complete this procurement quickly, originally posting an 8(a) small business set-aside solicitation on 7/2 and setting a proposal due date of 7/17. But just a few days later, on 7/7 the notice was changed to a sources sought notice and the due date pushed out to 7/27.

This suggests that the contracting officers may have had a specific vendor in mind when they initially dropped the solicitation, and expected to be able to close it quickly. Shortly thereafter, though, they realized they needed to open the field a bit more. Whether they received pressure from the contractor community or if the program team felt they weren’t getting enough qualified bidders involved, we don’t know. Regardless, there now appears to be opportunity for IT and management consulting companies that hold a small business status to lead a bid team for this opportunity.

Recommended actions on GovTribe:

  • Track the Project page for this opportunity to make sure you’re alerted if and when updates are posted or the due date changes.
  • Set an Alert for “Legacy Support Services” with an agency filter of “Department of Labor” in case the CO posts any updates disconnected from the existing notice chain.
  • Use Radar to research small business types in NAICS 541512: Computer System Design Services (and related NAICS). Check out which ones have experience with Labor, and what others might be competitive through their experience in other agencies. Start networking and put together a bid team.

If you are planning to pursue these opportunities, or any others, you can manage your pursuits using our Pipeline tool. You can view some help videos on Tracking, Alerts, Pipelines, and our competitor analysis tool Radar here on our Learn page.


This blog post is part of a series on the Fiscal Year End. Check out the other posts in this series.