The U.S. Department of State (DOS) will issue an amendment and a corresponding deadline extension for its $10-billion IT-based indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) vehicle known as Evolve. Amendment 1, along with Questions and Answers, is expected no sooner than Dec. 26, 2022, according to the latest update from the agency. Phase I proposals were originally due January 18, 2023, but a corresponding extension will be issued with the release of the amendment.
DOS has had some delays rolling out its proposal submission portal, Symphony. DOS intended to open the portal to bidders earlier this month, along with the release of Questions and Answers and a first amendment to its Request for Proposals (RFP).
This week, the agency posted a link to a training video for the Symphony portal via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwWPaZFzME4. DOS also indicated that the amendment would come after the Christmas holiday.
Bidders must submit a Phase I proposal to qualify for an award, and a separate, standalone proposal is required for each of the five functional categories for this IDIQ. DOS estimates that it will notify bidders of their advisory down-select decisions and launch Phase 2 of the process as soon as April.
The Evolve procurement vehicle is divided into five functional areas, and offerors must submit separate proposals to compete in each category.
Evolve replaces one of the agency’s largest IT contracts, Vanguard 2.2.1, as well as an additional 22 existing contracts and task orders. Evolve will have a 5-7-year Period of Performance.
DOS intends to award up to 36 IDIQ Contracts, broken down as follows:
- IT Management Services Functional Category
- Cloud & Data Center Services Functional Category
- Application Development Services Functional Category
- Network & Telecommunications Services Functional Category
- Up to six Full-and-Open IDIQ contracts
- Customer & End User Support Services Functional Category
- Up to six Full-and-Open IDIQ contracts to be awarded.
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