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Army CHESS and Army Contracting Command – Rock Island Release ITES-4H RFP!
FORT BELVOIR, Virginia – The U.S. Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI), Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois — in accordance with the Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS) product office within the Army Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems — has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for contractors to support the Information Technology Enterprise Software and Solutions – 4 Hardware (ITES-4H) contract vehicle. ITES-4H is the follow-on to the ITES-3H contracts that are the Army’s mandatory source for commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) information technology (IT) hardware. The purpose of the ITES-4H acquisition is to support the Army, Department of Defense (DOD) and all federal agency IT infrastructure and infostructure goals with a full range of innovative, world-class COTS IT hardware in seven product catalogs, in addition to related incidental software and services. CHESS contracts are designed to keep pace with emerging technology and applications, and provide the technology solutions to meet the Army’s needs of today and in the future. “ITES-4H is intended to keep pace with today’s difficult IT environment,” said Wayne Sok, CHESS product lead. “I, along with the CHESS office and our ACC-RI and Information Systems Engineering Command (ISEC) teammates, are excited about the release of the ITES-4H solicitation. I know there has been much anticipation from our industry partners to have the opportunity to be a part of this contract vehicle which will offer the much-needed and critical COTS hardware solutions for not just the Army, but for DOD and federal customers as well.” The ITES-4H contract awards will consist of multiple firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite- quantity contracts with a base period of five years, plus one five-year option with a contract value of $10 billion. For more information, visit https://sam.gov and search for ITES-4H using Notice ID W52P1J-20-R-0082.
News Release: ITES-3H Contract Extended for 14 Additional Months
3/3/2021
FORT BELVOIR, Virginia – The Army Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) office, in coordination with Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI), awarded a contract extension for Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – 3 Hardware (ITES-3H) on February 21, 2021. Under the contract extension, the ITES-3H contract vehicle has been extended 14 additional months. Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.216-22(d) has also been revised via contract modification from "80 days" to "36 months" Ordering is open to Army, DOD and other federal agencies. The scope of ITES-3H includes the purchase and lease of commercial Unix based servers, non-Unix-based servers, desktops, notebooks, workstations, thin clients, storage systems, networking equipment (including wireless), network printers, product ancillaries (including equipment cabinets, racks and mounts), peripherals (including monitors), network cabling products, video teleconferencing (VTC) products, standalone displays (e.g., plasma screens, high-definition televisions), scanners, everything over internet protocol (EoIP) products, communication devices, power devices, software provided as part of the end-to-end solution (includes enterprise software agreements (ESA), non-ESA, SmartBUY and non-SmartBUY), warranty variations, and other related incidental services, accessories and options. The contract extension applies to all 17 prime vendors on contract. This extension of the ordering period is intended to bridge the Army’s ability to purchase hardware until the follow-on Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – 4 Hardware (ITES-4H) suite of contracts are awarded. According to Wayne Sok, product lead for CHESS, “The extension will allow Army customers uninterrupted access to this important hardware vehicle at no fee and continue to process orders through CHESS's online request for quotation tool on the CHESS IT e-mart website.”
CHANGES IN PROCEDURES FROM ADMC-2 TO ADMC-3
10/22/2020
Only ADMC-3 Vendors catalog items are what is listed in the CB Compare Tool. Undefined Desktop CLIN, Undefined Notebook CLIN, and Undefined Tablet CLIN may be utilized to purchase different models of these devices that are not currently listed/available in the CB. The Within Scope CLIN may be utilized to purchase ancillary items (e.g., DVI to HDMI adapters, Fiber optic NICs, etc.) HOWEVER, the sum of the Undefined Desktop, Undefined Notebook, Undefined Tablet, and Within Scope CLINs shall not exceed 10% of the total price of the Delivery Order. Items that are not available through the ADMC-3 contract and don’t fit the requirements for the “Undefined or Within Scope CLINs” within ADMC-3, may be procured through the ITES-3H contract vehicle only after a CB Exception Memo has been executed. ADMC-3 Requests for quote (RFQ) would ONLY be required to be submitted to all ADMC-3 vendors using the RFQ Tool for orders that exceed the SAT (currently at $250k). Step 1 - Search CB for items Step 2- Evaluate order to decide if Undefined or Within Scope CLINs can be used Step 3- Initiate a CB Exception Memo Step 4 -Submit a RFQ to ITES-3H contract Step 5 -Submit a SoNA Step 6 - Request ITAS Waiver Step 7- Purchase Outside of CHESS Click the link below to access the Consolidated Buy.
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 tricia.a.shelley.ctr@mail.mil
ADMC-3 Designated Best in Class IT Contracts for Federal Government!
CHESS is pleased to announce the designation of Army Desktop and Mobile Computing – 3 (ADMC-3) 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.
CHESS Recent Publications
Consolidated Buy 31 Performance Review
The CB 31 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 31 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
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.
Upcoming CHESS Trainings
18 Nov - CHESS 101 Briefing 20 Jan - CHESS 101 Briefing 17 Mar - CHESS 101 Briefing Interested in any of the above trainings? Register at the link below.