Statement of Non-Availability (SoNA)
Welcome to Statement of Non-Availability
A Statement of Non-Availability (SoNA) is a notice that a particular product is not currently available through a CHESS contract. It is NOT a waiver to purchase, nor does it authorize use on the Army network. Hardware: Use the CHESS RFQ Manager to send a Request for Quote (RFQ) to the ADMC-2, ITES-3H, and Mobility Services vendors. This is required for SoNA approval. Software: First, check if your product is offered through an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) or Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) BPA, listed on the Software Agreements page. Contract the vendor to verify product availability or visit the DOD ESI Software Agreements page. Then, use the CHESS RFQ Manager to send a Request for Quote (RFQ) to the ITES-SW vendors. Services: At this time, CHESS does not require SoNAs for Service contracts. You should request proposals from the CHESS ITES-3S contracts, but if they do not provide the best value solution for your requirements, you do not need a SoNA to use another source.
Memorandum Army Waiver Process for Commercial Off-the-Shelf Information Technology (COTS IT) non-CHESS Procurements
Received Lower Price Quote
Before soliciting quotes outside of CHESS, you are strongly encouraged to first submit RFQs to CHESS vendors. If you received a CHESS quote that is higher than a non-CHESS vendor quote for product(s) available through CHESS Hardware and Software contracts: STEP 1: You are encouraged to go back to the CHESS vendor(s) to negotiate lower pricing or price match. If lower pricing or price match cannot be met by the CHESS vendor(s). STEP 2: Submit for a CHESS SoNA (Note: The SoNA will be rejected as CHESS does not issue Statements of Non-Availability based on lower price. The rejected SoNA can be used to obtain an ITAS waiver.) Lower Price Feedback Form: If you have received a lower price quote from a non-CHESS contract vehicle/vendor, please complete the form (link below) and the appropriate contract manager will contact you within 3-5 business days. We might be able to assist with finding a better price that meets current rules and regulations.
Information Assurance (IA) Products
Verify that your product and version is listed on the DoD Unified Capabilities Approved Product List (DOD UC APL) https://aplits.disa.mil/processAPList.do. For Information Assurance (IA) or IA enabled products not listed on the UC APL contact the HQDA CIO/G-6 Cyber Directorate Tools Management Team at email@example.com for additional guidance prior to requesting a CHESS Statement of Non-Availability.
Collaboration Tool Products
Requests for a CHESS Statement of Non-Availability for a collaboration tool must be accompanied by approval of the Knowledge Management Division, Governance, Acquisition and Chief Knowledge Office Directorate (GA&CKO), HQDA CIO/G-6, in accordance with 06 Feb 2008 Memorandum, "Employment of Collaboration Capabilities Procedures," and 02 February 2009 Memorandum "DOD Enterprise Services Designation--Collaboration, Content Discovery, and Content Delivery."
Request a SoNA
Please click the Continue to SoNA link to get started.