The long-awaited EVOLVE IT contract from the State Department is making headlines as two announcements were released on July 8th.

The EVOLVE contract is a multiple-award, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) acquisition program, aimed to provide the Department an easy way to acquire IT services. This contract will help enhance security and promote innovation and IT modernization throughout the organization. It is also serving as a replacement for the expiring Vanguard 2.2.1 contract.

State Department Increases EVOLVE Contract Ceiling

As noted in the new draft solicitation, the State Department increased its potential ceiling to be between $8 billion and $10 billion. Currently, IT support services represent a large part of the Department’s IT budget.

This potential $10-billion contract has the capacity for up to 36 awards. The EVOLVE contract has five different Functional Categories and DOS plans on awarding contracts as shown in the list below.

The categories are:

  • IT Management Services – up to 4 Full and Open (F&O) & 4 small business (SB)
  • Network and Telecommunication Services – same
  • Cloud and Data Center Services – same
  • Application Development Services – up to 6 F&O
  • Customer and End User Support Services – same

State Department RFI for EVOLVE Contract

In addition to the increased spend ceiling, the Department of State released an RFI seeking feedback on the newly presented draft. Responses were due by 2:00 p.m. EST on July 22.

A Q&A listening session was scheduled for July 26th.

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