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Communication And Transmission Systems Program (CTS)


RFP Released: 03/19/12

Due Date: 05/09/12

Solicitation #: W52P1J-11-R-0018

ESTIMATED VALUE: $4.1 Billion

Update 09.26.13: According to Deltek, the Contracting Office has awarded contracts to L-3 National Security Solutions, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, AT&T Government Solutions, Inc, Serco Inc, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc, Intelligent Decisions, Inc, DRS Technical Services, Inc, Harris Corporation, General Dynamics, LGS Innovations, LLC, Globecomm Systems, Inc in the combined amount of $4,100,000,000.

 

CTS will include broad range of communications systems and technologies, with corresponding management and administrative responsibilities. Contractor-provided hardware and services include system integration, systems engineering and analysis, operations, maintenance, equipment and system installation, material procurement, facility and site preparation, outside plant trenching, software support, program management, logistics, technical field assistance, test and evaluation, modeling and simulation, information operations and assurance support, training, depot support at a vendor and regional levels.  The tasks shall be performed in conjunction with new and existing Government systems. The CTS contract will include the entire PEO EIS Communication and Transmission System requirements and there will be an increased emphasis on local area networks, military wideband SATCOM control, and end-to-end solutions. The prime contractor must have TC/SCI and one of the team members must have a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).

 

CTS SYNOPSIS  

Program Name: Communications and Transmission Systems (CTS)

Information for this synopsis has been gleaned from the Draft RFP (DRFP) the draft Performance Work Statement (PWS), and Industry Questions and Answers.  This information (as well as other documents) can be reviewed at http://www.ctswebsite.info/

Solicitation Number: W52P1J-11-R-0018

Agency: US Army – Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology

Office: PEO Enterprise Information Systems

Estimated Value: $10.5B

Description: Rock Island Contracting Center (RICC), Rock Island, IL has a requirement to procure the Communication and Transmission Systems (CTS). The CTS requirements are at a System of Systems level, encompassing a broad range of communications systems and technologies, with corresponding System of Systems management and administrative responsibilities. Contractor-provided hardware and services include system integration, systems engineering and analysis, operations, maintenance, equipment and system installation, material procurement, facility and site preparation, outside plant trenching, software support, program management, logistics, technical field assistance, test and evaluation, modeling and simulation, information operations and assurance support, training, depot support at a vendor and regional levels. The work shall be performed in conjunction with new and existing Government systems. This PWS provides the general requirements; specific requirements will be defined in subsequent individual Orders. 

The tasks shall be performed in conjunction with new and existing Government systems.

Contract Type and Other Characteristics: This proposed contract will result in a multiple award, five (5) year Indefinite-Delivery-Indefinite-Quantity type contract. The contract type is a hybrid containing: Firm Fixed Price (FFP), Cost Reimbursement (CR), and Time and Materials (T&M) line items. The intent of the Government is to issue orders using FP and CR contract types. T&M will be limited to work overseas and when deemed appropriate and necessary. All services shall be performance-based to the maximum extent practicable.

The Government reserves the right to make up to approximately 10 awards based on the quality and quantity of proposals received. Of these awards, the Government intends to reserve award of approximately four (4) contracts to small businesses within the competitive range to establish a small business award reserve. The Government reserves the right to make more or less than the planned number of awards if warranted by the proposals in the competitive range.

It is anticipated that the final RFP will be issued in October 2011, with an award date in 1QCY2012.

Note: The Government will evaluate only one proposal from each offeror. In order to be considered in the small business award reserve, small business concerns (including joint ventures) must either perform at least 51% of the work themselves or subcontract to another small business concern so that no more than 49% of the total work performed is by a large business(es).

Joint Ventures are allowed. A joint venture is viewed as a business entity in determining power to control its management. Size standards apply for the requirement to individual persons or concerns, not to the combined assets, of the joint venture.

This will be a formal source selection with full and open competition, on a Best value solicitation.

Goals and Objectives: The CTS Contract will now include the entire PEO EIS Communication and Transmission System requirements and there will be an increased emphasis on local area networks, military wideband SATCOM control, and end-to-end solutions. The prine contractor must have TC/SCI and one of the team members must have a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).

Areas of Technology: In general, Communication and Transmission Systems (CTS), has been sub-divided into Tasks and Services, as follows:

Tasks: Fixed Station Satellite Systems (FS3) Deployed Satellite Systems; Baseband, TCF, MCF and Ancillary Equipment; Long-Haul Transmission Systems; Radio Systems; Wireless Systems; Audio/Visual Systems; Critical AC/DC Power and Environmental Systems (CADPES); Components and Spares; Wideband Planning, Management and Control; Local Area Networks

Services: Systems Support; Operation and Maintenance; Mobile Maintenance Team Technicians (MMTT) and Help Desk Services; Engineering; System and Equipment Prototyping; Studies, Analysis and Reporting; Construction Services; Integrated Logistics Support; Leasing of Systems, Facilities, and Equipment

Additional areas of technology include: Technology Insertion, Systems Integration and Enhancements; Installation; Test and Evaluation; Information Assurance, Certification, and Accreditation; and Data Management

Structure of the RFP: The proposal will consist of five volumes. Volume One is page-limited. The Volumes are as follows: Volume 1 – Technical, including a response to a Sample Task; Volume 2 - Performance Risk (past performance references and evaluations); Volume 3 – Cost; Volume 4 –Small Business Participation; and Volume 5 - Solicitation, Offer and Award Documents and Certifications/Representations.

Proposal Preparation Challenges: Based on the DRFP, this will not be an easy proposal to develop. A competitive and compliant CTS proposal will require forward and detailed planning. However, this is still in the pre-RFP stage. It is paramount that proposed bidders visit http://www.ctswebsite.info/ and become familiar with the DRFP, the draft Performance Work Statement (PWS), and review the government's answers to submitted questions. Teaming arrangements, Joint Ventures, proposed subcontractors, and an overall small business utilization plan will be critical to the proposal. OCI's resources can be of great benefit to you at this stage of the procurement. There will not be time for this once the RFP is issued.

OCI has the expertise and resources of professional proposal consultants to assist you with:

1. Capture Planning
2. A Black Hat Review
3. Teaming Strategies
4. Competitive Analysis
5. Proposal Management
6. Proposal Writing
7. Pricing Analysis
8. Proposal Production
9. Red Team Review
10. Whole Proposal Team