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

By Ellyn Kocher, Strategic Communication Directorate

FORT BELVOIR, Va. –

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 www.fbo.gov/, 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 arcyber.army.mil.

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Posted April 05, 2019

U.S. Army Awards Prototype to Modernize Recruiting

By KENNY HOLSTON, STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION, IPPS-A

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 April 01, 2019