The government’s shift to a new way of buying satellite communications services will take a big step in the fourth quarter with two new contracts under the Future Commercial Satellite Acquisition (FCSA), according to a recent Defense Systems story. These awards from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and General Services Administration (GSA) are a marked departure from past practices as the government seeks to improve capabilities while saving tax dollars. The government customer will define the requirements, but then give contractors considerable leeway in engineering custom solutions that include standards, components and interfaces.
Here are the specifics about the contracts from the article:
The IDIQ vehicles will be awarded in two tiers: a Custom SATCOM Solutions (CS2) award and a set aside for smaller companies, called Custom SATCOM Solutions — Small Business (CS2 Small Business). Each IDIQ contract awarded will be for three base years with two one-year options, for a total of five years.
No one knows the actual number of awards to expect. Once the contracts are awarded, contract winners will need to act quickly to meet government buyers’ needs.
Intelsat General’s director of strategic initiatives Skot Butler is quoted in the piece, hoping that the number of awards remains manageable. He told Defense Systems “the real question is how many awards will be too many and make it unwieldy.”
We’ll all find out in the fourth quarter. You can learn more about the FCSA contracts here.