The Army is seeking to consolidate two of its major contracting vehicles into a single super contract, the Army Contracting Command’s Enterprise for Sourcing Services (ACCESS). ACCESS would channel $50 billion into the defense sector over the next decade, offering opportunities for vendors in professional and IT services.

The Army is considering creating ACCESS to merge the $37.4 billion Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services (RS3) and the $12.1 billion Information Technology Enterprise Solutions 3 Services (ITES-3S) contract. ACCESS would be a Multiple Award Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (MA IDIQ) contract aimed at enhancing the procurement of professional services and staff augmentation, including a new scope of IT services not currently covered RS3.

The Army issued a Request for Information (RFI) on April 11 to obtain market research and seek industry feedback to shape the acquisition strategy for ACCESS. Responses are Friday, May 3, 2024, at 4:30 PM. Your responses should be sent directly to the designated Army email: [email protected]. Act now to weigh in on this lucrative new contract vehicle and position your company to win!

ACCESS Highlights:

Contract Expansion and Focus: The new vehicle will include engineering and staff augmentation, alongside research, development, testing, and evaluation; C5ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance); acquisition and strategic planning; as well as education and training.

NAICS Codes: Since fiscal year 2017, a substantial portion of RS3’s funding ($4.6 billion out of $6.4 billion) has been awarded under NAICS code 541712, which covers R&D in the physical, engineering, and life sciences, according to ITES-3S operates solely under NAICS code 541519, focusing on other computer-related services.

Vendor Impact: Over 200 vendors currently engaged in RS3 and ITES-3S may find expansive opportunities within ACCESS, including the continuation and expansion of existing services.

Small Business Participation: With $3.5 billion already awarded to small businesses under the existing contracts, ACCESS continues to support small business engagement at a substantial scale.

Category Management Approach: The Army’s strategy reflects a broader category management approach, aiming to optimize federal procurement by consolidating purchases and leveraging the government’s buying power. This move positions ACCESS as a formidable competitor to existing vehicles like GSA’s OASIS and NASA’s SEWP VI, as well as DOD ESI and AMCOM Express, potentially reshaping the competitive landscape and offering a centralized solution for a wide array of services, according to Bloomberg.

How OST Global Solutions Can Assist:

With RS3 set to expire on May 14, 2027, now is the time to create your strategic approach to this significant opportunity. OST Global Solutions can assist your organization to successfully compete within this new landscape. Here’s how we can help:

  • Capture Support and Strategic Bid Planning: Align your business strategies with the expanded scope of ACCESS, ensuring your proposals meet the Army’s evolving requirements.
  • Comprehensive Proposal Support: From drafting to submission, leverage our expertise in managing proposals for large-scale government contracts like RS3 and ITES-3S.
  • Insight and Analysis: Use our in-depth analysis of the contracting environment to position your offer effectively within the competitive framework of ACCESS.

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