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Draft Request for Proposal Signed for Army Contract Writing System

By Pamella Gray, GFEBS Public Relations

The Army Contract Writing System (ACWS) released its draft request for proposals for the Army’s new contract writing system. ACWS will provide a single enterprise contract writing and management system to obtain business process efficiencies and support compliance with the FFMIA.

ACWS is the latest enterprise system for Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), replacing contract writing functions currently performed by the Standard Procurement System (SPS), the Procurement Automated Data and Document System (PADDS) and the Virtual Contracting Enterprise (VCE) suite of tools. ACWS will create operational and work process efficiencies for the contracting community.

“We need to make sure we have the right requirements for this system. ACWS needs to meet the contract activity requirements of all Army users; including forward deployed disconnected users, installations, weapons systems, and the secure contracting missions,” said Mr. Douglas Wiltsie, PEO EIS. “That is a big demand, and the ACWS team is certainly up to the task.”

The draft Request for Proposal (RFP), released Aug. 8, mapped out the Army’s requirements and objectives, evaluation criteria, instructions to bidders, and contract structure and incentives for industry feedback. ACWS will use modern technologies to allow for customized workflow, on-demand collaboration, and rapid adaptability to frequent changes in regulations, policies, and procedures.

“This is an exciting time for the product office, the contracting community, and the functional proponent,” stated ACWS Product Manager, LTC Ossie Peacock. “The new system represents a major step forward by subsuming three distinct systems, which will standardize training and business processes across the community.”

ACWS falls under the project management office of the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS). GFEBS is the first Department of Defense Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to fully deploy to more than 53,000 end users at 227 locations in 71 countries across five continents.

GFEBS Project Manager, COL Matt Russell, intends to continue the success record with ACWS. "We are excited to get the draft RFP out, and more excited to get feedback from industry on our strategy.” Russell said. “The draft RFP is a step in the right direction to provide the Army contracting community with a new tool to more effectively and efficiently conduct business."

The ACWS draft RFP is being provided to industry for comments only. This is not the final RFP, which is expected to be released during the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Posted August 26, 2014