At a recent Young AFCEA dinner, OCI learned from a NOAA official that the release of the final Pro-Tech (Professional and Technical Support Contract) RFP has been delayed.  The final RFP for the $3B program is scheduled for release in September, according to GovWin.  However, there is a lack of agreement on what type of contract vehicle is best for NOAA.  According to report, agency-level personnel favor a contract set-aside for small business, while acquisition officials favor a full and open procurement.  The arguments on the one side are that NOAA has always favored small-business solutions, but on the other side that some programs are too large for small business. 

The contract is for professional and technical services and will focus on the following five NOAA Domains.

  • Oceans and Coastal services
  • Satellite/Observing Systems Services
  • Fisheries
  • Meteorological Services
  • Enterprise Operations