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U.S. Army awards prototype to modernize recruiting


ARLINGTON, Va.--The U.S. Army awarded Booz Allen Hamilton a $152 million agreement using its Other Transaction Authority on April 30 for a prototype project to modernize the recruitment and retention system used by the Army Accessions Enterprise (AAE).

The award marks the beginning of a three-year effort to develop, test and deploy the prototype system, named the U.S. Army Accessions Information Environment (AIE), to make recruiters more effective and efficient by allowing them to accomplish all tasks, using any device, anytime and anywhere.

“AIE will provide an enterprise level capability enabling transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of the accessions workforce to acquire the best qualified talent,” said Col. Detrick Briscoe, AIE functional lead. “It will transform the way Soldiers are enlisted and commissioned while fulfilling in-service requirements and supporting and sustaining the enterprise. AIE represents the 'Soldier for Life’ model from the time you enter our Army until the time you separate or retire.”

The primary technical objective of the program is to use modern technology to support the approximately 25,000 users across the active, guard, reserve and ROTC communities by providing secure connectivity, reliability, data access and mobility.

Kevin Curry, the product director for the Army Human Resources System (AHRS), which falls within the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A) program, is responsible for managing AIE and delivering a solution to the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.

“The U.S. Army AIE is a development effort in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton that will result in a cloud-based solution employing leading-edge technology and placing it into the hands of our recruiters and leaders at all levels across the AAE” said Curry.

The agreement, effective May 15, includes a phased approach to develop, test and field the prototype solution. Phase one is scheduled to be complete in May of 2020, resulting in fielding a limited version of the prototype system to recruiters in public recruiting stations.

“The AIE will implement new business practices and fully integrate enterprise capability to acquire the best-qualified talent in supporting the Army's manning requirements and its end-strength goals,” said Curry. “I am excited about what this will do to transform the future of our Army and how we acquire its most valuable resource - the people who commit to serving this great nation.”

AHRS and IPPS-A are organizations within Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). PEO EIS is responsible for managing and providing the information technology network and business systems that Soldiers and the U.S. Army need to operate every day. With a diverse portfolio of 37 program offices and 71 acquisition programs, PEO EIS supports and fields Army and DoD communications, logistics, medical, finance, personnel, training and procurement systems for all ten combatant commands.

Posted May 15, 2019

Army issues Sources Sought/RFI for Enterprise IT as a Service

By Ellyn Kocher, Strategic Communication Directorate


On April 5, Army Contracting Command – New Jersey, in support of Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems and Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), will publish a Sources Sought/Request for Information (RFI) on FedBizOps and other outlets to receive input from industry on the initial requirements document for a new effort: Enterprise Information Technology as a Service (EITaaS).

The Army network is the force’s foundational weapons platform. All Army operations depend on timely and reliable delivery of data. Today, the Army owns and operates its entire information technology and long-distance communications infrastructure, a model that results in slow rate of changes and new technology adoption. With the assumption that a wholly service-owned and service-operated model sub-optimizes Army operational readiness, Army Cyber Command and the Army CIO/G6 are together exploring a new approach for delivering enterprise-level network and core IT services called Enterprise IT as a Service (EITaaS).

The Sources Sought/RFI asks interested vendors to self-qualify against eight capabilities selected by the government to demonstrate their ability to serve as a prime offeror. Eleven questions are included to get specific input on different aspects of the requirement. A quad chart requires a snapshot of the approach and which line of effort the vendor would bid to prime.

Responses will be used to inform a planned government / industry collaboration day and one-on-one sessions to be held in the upcoming weeks at a location to be determined. The one-on-ones will permit interested qualified prime offerors 30 minutes to meet with the government team.

This is the first EITaaS event of many that will lead to a planned award of Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs) in fiscal year 2019. This is the first step in the contracting process. Responses to the Sources Sought/RFI are not proposals to which Army Contracting Command – New Jersey can issue contracts or agreements.

The announcement is on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOps) website at, solicitation number W15QKN-19-X-05Z1. For more information about the contract process, please contact PEO EIS Public Affairs at 703-806-2195 or (703) 806-3156. For questions about the Army's vision on network modernization and the EITaaS pilot program, please contact Army CIO/G6 and ARCYBER Public Affairs at

Connecting the Army. Working for Soldiers.


Posted April 05, 2019

Army implements new monitoring strategies to mitigate insider threats

By Brittney Brown, DCO Strategic Communications

FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The Army is developing new User Activity Monitoring (UAM) capabilities to protect the enterprise network and assist with the establishment of the Army’s Insider Threat program. The program was established to protect Army personnel, information, and resources by deterring, detecting, and mitigating posed insider threats that are malicious and/or unintentional. UAM is a software-based, scalable solution that proactively identifies internal risks associated with the theft or misuse of critical, mission-essential data.

The UAM solution is being developed under the Army’s Product Manager (PdM) Cyber Analytics and Detection (CAD), a product office within the Project Manager Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) portfolio. PdM CAD is responsible for delivering cyber analytics and detection solutions to the Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER). While the Army is always focused on defending against attacks from the outside, it must also focus on preventing internal breaches of security or policy violations.

Data breaches or suspicious user activity can compromise security across the network. Therefore, it’s imperative to have the necessary tools to help protect the network, according to Maj. Peter Amara, Assistant PdM CAD.

“This capability will give us the tools to remediate threats and prevent operational downtime by enabling us to investigate the root cause of an incident and provide traceability to a suspected user,” said Amara.

PdM CAD’s UAM prototype solution is being developed through an industry partnership with the Consortium for Command, Control, and Communications in Cyberspace (C5). Phase one of the prototype capability will be delivered to Army Cyber Command in the spring of 2019.

PdM CAD and PM DCO are organizations within Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). PEO EIS is responsible for managing and providing the information technology network and business systems that Soldiers and the U.S. Army need to operate every day. With a diverse portfolio of 37 program offices and 71 acquisition programs, PEO EIS supports and fields Army and DOD communications, logistics, medical, finance, personnel, training and procurement systems for all ten combatant commands. PEO EIS rapidly delivers innovative and cost-effective systems and services for the Total Force to globally connect the Army and provide a decisive information advantage to every Soldier.

Connecting the Army. Working for Soldiers.

Posted March 06, 2019

Combat Service Support Very Small Aperture Terminal

By U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command

Combat Service Support Very Small Aperture Terminal (CSS VSAT) is a mobile satellite dish to support existing U.S. Army sustainment information systems and the evolving Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-A). CSS VSAT allows Army sustainers to complete supply transactions and receive real-time status updates with critical logistics systems from any location. Read More

Posted February 14, 2019

Collaboration for International Programs

By Rosalie Fehrmann, AIT

From L to R – LTC Kammerzell, AMSO; Mr. Dan Hawkins, AIT; BG Sloane, PEO STRI; Mr. Dale Whittaker, PEO STRI; LTC Martinez, AMSO.
From L to R – LTC Kammerzell, AMSO; Mr. Dan Hawkins, AIT; BG Sloane, PEO STRI; Mr. Dale Whittaker, PEO STRI; LTC Martinez, AMSO.

Allied Information Technology (AIT), PEO EIS’s International Programs Office, recently met with U.S. Army PEO STRI International Programs, and the Army Modeling and Simulation Office (AMSO) to explore potential collaboration efforts within Foreign Military Sales (FMS). This collaboration is about ensuring FMS cases are written in a holistic and strategic way so that partners across the globe are not only receiving the system capabilities they need, but they'll be able to sustain simulation ops, training, and modeling solutions to optimize readiness of those systems and battle staff operations over time.

Posted January 24, 2019

HR Solutions Completes $7.6 Billion Acquisition capable of Supporting the Army through 2028

By Glenn Hershfeld, HR Solutions

The Army’s Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems’ Human Resource (HR) Solutions program office, in conjunction with Army Contracting Command-New Jersey, is pleased to announce the award of the Personnel Lifecycle Support (PLS) suite of Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOCs).

This $6.1 billion acquisition follows the September award of HR Solutions’ $1.5 billion Recruiting, Management & Administrative Support IDIQ MATOCs and completes HR Solutions’ $7.6 billion 5th generation contract awards. HR Solutions’ 5th generation IDIQ MATOCs are capable of supporting a broad range of human resource services requirements across the Army and the Department of Defense (DoD) through 2028.

“This acquisition is a significant accomplishment for HR Solutions. It directly supports the DoD and Army’s efforts to bring spend supporting services under tighter management controls and supports the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Category Management objectives. It plays a significant role in eliminating costly duplicative contract efforts within DoD, increases efficiencies and delivers cost savings which ultimately increases the DoD and Army’s purchasing power for critical services supporting our Soldiers and Families,” said Mr. Brent A. Thomas, product lead, HR Solutions.

The HR Solutions’ 5th generation contracts award is comprised of two distinct suites of IDIQ contracts covering two unique human resources mission areas:

  • Personnel Lifecycle Support, $6.1 billion contract ceiling, nine large and eight small business prime vendors
  • Recruiting, Management & Administrative Support, $1.5 billion contract ceiling, 12 small business prime vendors

The thirty nine prime vendors who were awarded HR Solutions 5th generation IDIQ MATOCs were thoroughly vetted through the source selection process and determined to be fully capable of performing the entire scope of the IDIQ mission areas with a low risk of performance issues.

“The complex source selection process involved subject matter experts from five major commands and provided a strong mechanism to select the “best-of-the best” contractors to support our extremely important Army and DoD HR programs for the next decade,” continued Thomas. “Additionally, the extensive source selection process will reduce the burden on our customers when conducting market research and streamline the source selections for HR services under the IDIQ. This streamlines the overall acquisition process to support our program goal of awarding high quality and affordable task orders within 120 days of conception.”

About HR Solutions:

HR Solutions is the Army’s Preferred Strategic Source providing Army and DoD customers assisted acquisition services to acquire cost-efficient and effective Human Resource Services through enterprise -level performance based contracts using streamlined acquisition processes that deliver quality services supporting our Soldiers, Civilians and their Families.

HR Solutions currently centrally manages over 50 enterprise-level task orders that provide consistent support for programs important to Army Senior Leaders and instrumental for Soldier, Family and Civilian readiness and resiliency at over 1,200 locations worldwide.


Posted January 08, 2019

ITES-3S Open for Ordering!

By CHESS Public Affairs

Ordering for the ITES-3S Contract vehicle is now open! Ordering is open to all Army, DoD and federal agencies. ITES-3S is an enterprise solutions services contract vehicle that offers nearly all areas of Enterprise IT solutions to the government customer. The ITES-3S ordering guide and labor rates are posted to the CHESS IT e-mart ITES-3S Contract page.

Posted January 07, 2019

Dr. Jette Town Hall Visit

By Public Affairs, PEO EIS

Dr. Bruce Jette, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT), held a Town Hall at Fort Belvoir, Va., on Monday, November 26. In addition to the PEO EIS workforce, attendees included teammates from the United States Acquisition Support Command (USAASC) and PEO Soldier, both also located at Fort Belvoir.

Posted November 28, 2018

ITES-3S Contract Awarded

By CHESS Public Affairs

FORT BELVOIR, Virginia. – The Army Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) office in coordination with the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) awarded Information Technology Enterprise Solutions - 3 Services (ITES-3S), a $12.1 billion Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (MA ID/IQ) contract vehicle, September 25, 2018. The Army Contracting Command received 187 bids for the ITES-3S contract vehicle and awarded 135 contracts, consisting of 85 small businesses and 50 large businesses. The period of performance for this effort is five years, plus four one-year options for a total of nine years of performance if the options are exercised. The ITES-3S contracts will provide enterprise-level services for the Army, as well as other defense and civilian agencies.

The CHESS Product Office is excited about this culmination of several years of effort between the Army and industry. As the Army’s trusted network, hardware and software providers, CHESS supports the Total Army and serves as a committed teammate. CHESS Product Lead, Doug Haskin said “I'm very proud of the work that the combined CHESS and ACC-Rock Island team has done to award this contract. Industry and the Army have invested a lot of time and effort into establishing this contract, and I know the awardees are ready to get started. I'm looking forward to hosting the kickoff meeting very soon and working with everyone to deliver critical IT services to Army, Department of Defense (DoD), and Federal customers.”

The ITES-3S contract includes a full range of services and solutions necessary for the Army to satisfy its support of Army Enterprise infostructure and infrastructure goals with IT services throughout CONUS and OCOUNS locations, including warzone areas. The scope includes the Command, Control Communications, Computers, and Information Management (C4IM) requirements as defined in Army Regulations 25-1 (AR-25-1). Additionally, ITES-3S includes the services and solutions necessary for the Army and other services to transition from current service-centric information environments to the enterprise Joint Information Environment (JIE) as directed by the DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO). The IT services solutions are categorized in the following task areas: Cybersecurity Services, IT Services, Business Process Reengineering, Enterprise Design, Integration, and Consolidation, Network/Systems Operation and Maintenance, Telecommunications/Systems Operation and Maintenance, IT Supply Chain Management, IT Education & Training. Ordering is open to, Army, DoD and other Federal Agencies.

Please visit FedBizOpps for the list of ITES-3S Awardees.



Based at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, CHESS reports to the Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). Charged by the CIO/G-6 and mandated through Army Regulation 25-1, CHESS is the Army-designated primary source for providing commercial hardware and software solutions for the Army's IT requirements. Offering simple, straightforward contract vehicles through its online Army e-commerce ordering system, the IT e-mart, CHESS directly supports the CIO/G-6 strategy by providing the benefits of continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidating requirements to maximize cost avoidance and leverage the Army's buying power. CHESS works diligently with other Army Knowledge Management partners, including the U.S. Army CIO/G-6, Information Systems Engineering Command, and Network Enterprise Technology Command to provide architecturally sound, standards-and-policy-compliant IT enterprise solutions to all Army customers around the world. For more information about CHESS, visit

Posted November 09, 2018