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FORT BELVOIR, Virginia. – The Army Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) office in coordination with Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) awarded Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), a $13 billion firm-fixed price Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract vehicle, August 31, 2020. The Army Contracting Command received 32 bids for the ITES-SW2 solicitation and awarded 31 contracts. ITES-SW2 is specifically designed as the primary source to support the Army enterprise Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and info-structure goals by leveraging Commercially available-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software products and maintenance in 14 product categories in addition to related incidental services and hardware. These 14 categories align with the major software categories identified by U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). Ordering on ITES-SW2 will begin after the phase-in period. The software catalogs are: Audio & Visual Business & Finance Communication Database Education Internet Modeling & Simulation Multimedia & Design NetOps Office Suite Operating Systems Programming & Development IT Utility & Security Specialized
Reverse Auction Now Available!
Need to meet your Reverse Auction goal? Tired of Reverse Auction fees affecting cost-savings? Try the NEW Reverse Auction capability on the CHESS IT e-mart with NO FEE! Located under RFx on the main menu bar. For additional questions or to attend a Reverse Auction training contact Tricia Shelley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Windows 10 Guidance
Per memo "Migration to Microsoft Windows 10 Secure Host Baseline" signed on 20 NOV 15, the DOD Chief Information Officer (CIO) has directed all Combatant Commands, Services, Agencies and Field Activities (CC/S/As) to rapidly deploy the Windows 10 operating systems by January 2017. For questions regarding how Windows 10 relates to the Army Golden Master (AGM), please contact Army NETCOM HQ AGM Support at email@example.com. For additional information visit the Windows 10 page.
ADMC-2 Designated 1 of 4 Best in Class IT Contracts for Federal Government!
CHESS is pleased to announce the designation of Army Desktop and Mobile Computing – 2 (ADMC-2) as a “Best in Class” (BIC) IT contract by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The BIC-designated IT contracts represent preferred government-wide solutions and provide a unique opportunity to leverage the government’s buying power. The BIC designation allows acquisition experts to take advantage of pre-vetted, government-wide contract solutions; supports a government-wide migration to solutions that are mature and market-proven; assists in the optimization of spend, within the government-wide category management framework; and increases the transactional data available for agency level and government-wide analysis of buying behavior. The BIC designation will also extend to the ADMC-3 contract when it is awarded later this year.
Goal 1 Waiver transitioning to ITAS
Effective 20 Nov 15 Goal 1 Waiver will transition to the Information Technology Approval System. ITAS was created to re-engineer the IT Waiver process into a more transparent process enabling improved management of IT inventory to better inform users involved in the budget process. Commands can utilize the G1W tool until 19 Nov 15. Prior to waiver submission, users are required to attend ITAS training. Click the link below for training.
The ordering period for ITES-SW has been extended in 6. ITES-SW is the CHESS contract for purchase of commercial-of-the-shelf (COTS) software products and related services. For additional information visit the ITES-SW contract page.
CHESS Recent Publications
Consolidated Buy 30 Performance Review
The CB 30 Performance Review is a semi-annual report that highlights the governments purchase cycle for commodity purchases of COTS IT hardware through the ADMC-2 CB 30 period.
Acquisition Gateway Best-in-Class (BIC) Value Proposition Fact Sheet
The Acquisition Gateway published the segment "How can I best meet my requirements?" that contains a collection of Value Proposition Fact Sheets. These documents give a brief overview of how the solution can help agencies meet their BIC goals. Click the link to learn more about CHESS' BIC value proposition.
PS Magazine's August 2018 issue features CHESS and provides a how to guide on registering for an account on the CHESS IT e-mart.
Common Customer Support Team Inquiries
Do I need to wait for the next Consolidated Buy (CB) Ordering Period to purchase desktop or notebook computers?
Army policy mandates desktop or notebook computers to be purchased through a CB Ordering Period, which occurs twice annually from January to March and from June to August. During the CB Ordering Periods, desktops and notebooks are available at significantly discounted rates at any quantity. In order to purchase outside a CB Ordering Period, a CB Exception Memo is first needed, followed by an RFQ to ADMC-2 vendors. A CB Exception Memo may be obtained from your requiring activity 06 or GS-15 only if one of the following criteria are met: mission critical, non-conforming specs, and host country agreement. Please see the CB Exceptions page for more information.
Can I receive a Statements of Non-Availability (SoNA) based on receiving a lower price quote outside of CHESS?
No, CHESS does not issue Statements of Non-Availability (SoNA) based on lower price outside of CHESS. You are encouraged to go back to CHESS vendors to negotiate lower pricing or price match. If you have received a lower-price quote from a non-CHESS contract vehicle/vendor, please complete the form at the 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. If lower pricing or price match cannot be met by CHESS vendors, then a rejected SoNA may be used to request an ITAS Waiver.
Upcoming CHESS Trainings
19 Nov - CHESS 101 Briefing 21 Jan - CHESS 101 Briefing 18 Mar - CHESS 101 Briefing Interested in any of the above trainings? Register at the link below.