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Past Performance a Prediction of Future Demand for SEWP?

The current iteration of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) government-wide acquisition contract (GWAC) for information technology products and product-based services is set to expire at the end of October 2014. The Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) program office is currently evaluating proposals received for SEWP V, the follow-on to the existing procurement.

As SEWP IV moves toward its expiration, spending through the vehicle has continued to increase over the past three fiscal years after a dip in 2010. Throughout the life of the contract, various agencies have issued guidance on buying through SEWP, including the Department of Defense, Veteran’s Affairs, Department of the Interior, and NASA. Based on total spending to date, the agencies with the most spending through SEWP IV are as follows: Veteran’s Affairs (25.93%), Defense Department (13.66%), Department of Justice (9.84%), Air Force (6.16%), Navy (6.34%), and NASA (4.55%).


The SEWP contract vehicle will be getting bigger in this next chapter, as both the ceiling value and duration increases. Solutions are also adapting to new technologies and concerns, like cloud computing and supply chain risk management.  In recent years, agencies have leveraged SEWP IV as a vehicle for buying cloud infrastructure. Moving forward, SEWP V will include cloud computing offering, which fall under the “breadth and depth offerings that can be proposed as available components” by vendors in all Groups.

 

As it’s grown over the years, SEWP has found itself in new role. The program office grew from 15 to 50 people and it’s gotten a higher profile as agencies look to optimize acquisition strategies. Data collection efforts in SEWP V are expected to drive strategic sourcing through analysis of agency buying habits. In a more overt strategic sourcing effort, the SEWP program office was appointed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to lead an effort to streamline and improve agency options for buying laptops, desktops, and other end user devices. In a request for information posted May 20, 2014, industry is asked to field questions about extended warranties, technology refreshment, reporting requirements, and pricing among other topics. (Responses to the RFI are due June 6, 2014.)

The program office anticipates announcing the award for SEWP V on or about mid-August 2014, but vendors can still participate in SEWP V even if they did not submit a proposal. Following the announcement, vendors will have the opportunity to add their products or product services as part of the awarded contracts. Historically, vendors not priming SEWP might find larger contract holders keen to partner as a way of gaining a competitive advantage through innovation, teaming, or socio-economic standing. However, the addition of supply chain security concerns in the next iteration of the contract is likely to make contract holders more cautious about their partnering arrangements. With a ceiling value of $20 billion, the next version of the SEWP contract stands to offer plenty of business opportunities.

Updates and additional information about the opportunity may be found in the GovWin opportunity database (opportunity ID: 82396) as well as through NASA’s SEWP program office.

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Originally published in the GovWin FIA Analysts Perspectives Blog. Follow me on Twitter@FIAGovWin.

 

Deltek Pulse: Health and human services month in review, May 2014

In May 2014, the health and human services team saw the release of approximately 1,170 solicitations with either heath care or social services as a primary vertical. The word cloud below represents the frequency of terms in those solicitations. 

As one can see from the below map, California and Texas and saw the largest number of health and human services-related opportunities, while the state of Wyoming had no related activity.

Notable Opportunities

·         The Wisconsin Department of Health released a request for information (RFI) on May 2 for a comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) system. The department is interested in receiving information on a comprehensive EHR system that meets the needs for health care delivery organizations located throughout the state in support of client, inpatient and resident long-term care services for those in need of behavioral health and acute and primary care treatment.

·         The Washington Department of Social and Health Services re-released a request for proposals (RFP) for Medicare connectivity replacement services on May 27. Proposals are due on July 3.

·         The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration released an RFI on May 9 for Medicaid recovery audit contractor (RAC) services to identify overpayments by Medicaid providers in the fee-for-service model. The Medicaid RAC would supplement existing audit programs.

·         The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) may release a rebid RFP for health information exchange services. The current contract is held by Harris Corporation and is set to expire in January 2015. OHA is currently procuring a consultant to provide technical expertise to support OHA’s efforts to plan, define, develop, implement, and operate a state-level health information technology (HIT)/health information exchange (HIE) infrastructure, and related HIT/HIE statewide efforts to support the transformation of health care in Oregon. 

Analyst’s Take

The month of May certainly brought several notable opportunities in the health care and human services space, and states will continue to enhance infrastructure within their departments to improve and streamline various eligibility and claims processes.

You can learn more about current procurement opportunities in the GovWin IQ State and Local Opportunities database. Not a Deltek subscriber? Click here to learn more about Deltek's GovWin IQ service and gain access to a free trial.

 

 

CAD system, content management software top list of Chicago IT procurement opportunities

The city of Chicago, Illinois, released its most recent buying plan for the Q2 2014 – Q2 2015 period, which provides vendors an idea of what goods and services the city plans to procure over the next 15 months. The plan includes 242 possible procurement opportunities in areas such as work services, commodities, professional services, and small orders. This number is only a slight decrease from the 246 opportunities listed in the previous buying plan for Q4 2013 – Q1 2015.
 
Not surprisingly, construction opportunities dominated, accounting for 32.6 percent of projects listed, as shown in the figure below. The plan includes projects varying in value, from less than $10,000 to more than $20 million, allowing for companies of all sizes to become vendors for the city.

Source: Deltek
 
Of the 14 departments that have solicitations expected between now and Q2 2015, more than 55 percent of projects listed in the buying plan fall under the Water Management, Transportation, or Fleet & Facility Management departments. A majority of these projects are construction requirements valued at $1 million to $5 million. However, public library projects also have a strong presence, including an integrated library system valued at $1 million to $5 million, and a new website development opportunity.
 
While there are only nine Emergency Management and Communications projects included in the buying plan, three of them are in the $10 million to $20 million range, including a computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system. This project, which is expected to be solicited in Q1 2015, will replace the department’s current Northrop Grumman CAD system.
 
The Innovation and Technology Department has five solicitations planned through Q2 2015, though a number of projects in other departments have IT aspects included as part of their requirements. The largest project coming out of the Innovation and Technology Department is a content management and process modernization program (CMPM). While the specific details of the CMPM solicitation are not yet known, the CMPM division of Innovation and Technology oversees the city's content management systems and has a goal of reducing paper operations by 2017 while streamlining overlapping business processes for the city.
 
Nearly 48 percent of the opportunities listed in the buying plan are valued at $1 million to $10 million, while the majority of big-ticket projects are construction requirements. However, there are eight projects that the city anticipates will cost more than $20 million, including a water utility billing project that will require IT professional services.

Source: Deltek
 
The city has also included 14 projects with small business set-asides of two types: Small Business Initiative (SBI) and Target Market. The SBI is a construction program the city established in order to augment the projects awarded to local small businesses. The city reports that 30 contracts valued at nearly $50 million have been awarded under the SBI program. Target Market opportunities are directed to minority businesses, including women-owned businesses. The plan includes five Target Market opportunities, including an Innovation and Technology master consulting agreement for IT professional services.
 
Vendors can expect to see the greatest amount of these opportunities procured during 2014. However, Chicago does tend to roll over its projects from one buying plan to the next, so don’t be surprised if a project listed in the current plan is delayed until the next one, or even further. Since 2011, the city has only issued between 140 and 175 solicitations in any 15-month period, meaning that 65 to 100 projects listed in the buying plan will not be procured during this cycle.
 
In addition, not all of the opportunities listed in the plan are guaranteed to be solicited. As is the case with many projects, sometimes the owning agency reprioritizes projects or decides a requirement can be met using internal resources. In other situations, funding can’t be secured and a project is canceled. Deltek has seen opportunities included in buying plans continue to be pushed out for up to two years, and in several occasions they have been canceled.
 
While it can be used as a guide to develop strategies for doing business with the city, it’s also important to keep in mind that not all solicitations that are released by the city come from the buying plan. For example, in 2013, of the 11 solicitations that Deltek considers IT the primary requirement, only four were listed in any of the procurement forecasts released by the city. So, if you don’t see any projects of interest in the plan, be assured there are other opportunities available. 
 
You can learn more about current procurement opportunities in Chicago in the GovWin IQ State and Local Opportunities database. Not a Deltek subscriber? Click here to learn more about Deltek's GovWin IQ service and gain access to a free trial

 

 

 

Deltek Pulse: Health and human services month in review, April 2014

As the nation thawed out from one of the most brutal winters in modern memory, Deltek’s Health and Human Services Team also felt a significant uptick in activity across the states in April. Even casual observers of national news heard that enrollment in health insurance through a government exchange ended in March, and the Obama Administration immediately claimed victory, touting enrollments above its 7 million people goal.

Most recently we saw the government release demographic data for enrollees, including age and race, but information key to understanding the law’s success or lack thereof has yet to be released. Specifically, we’re awaiting data on how many enrollees were previously uninsured, how many enrollees are paying their premiums, and what effect the new population will have on current insurance premiums.

However, this national preoccupation with the political and practical ramifications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) did not distract states from making some progress with a number of health and human services projects. In April, state and local governments released more than 900 health and human services opportunities. The word cloud below represents the frequency of terms found in those solicitations.

As one can see from the map below, California accounts for 11 percent of the total opportunities released in April. Texas, Virginia and Maryland also released a large number of health and human services solicitations.

Notable Opportunities

  • The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (HIX) released an RFP for independent verification and validation (IV&V) services for the state’s HIX. After a failed state-based exchange, Maryland is now transferring the Deloitte solution used by the state of Connecticut. The IV&V opportunity focuses on the transfer effort. Proposals are due by May 16.
  • The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released an RFP for maintenance and support of its unemployment insurance online system. Proposals are due by May 23.
  • The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services awarded a contract to Scientific Technologies Corporation on April 23 for an immunization information system

Analyst’s Take

An uptick in procurements will likely continue until the end of the fiscal year, which is June for many states. As election season heats up in the coming months, we are looking for heightened polarization of rhetoric by candidates and officeholders alike. Nowhere will this polarization be more evident than in discussions regarding the future of health insurance exchanges, Medicaid expansion, and the success of the ACA. Though debate will heat up, it is unlikely that any major policy changes will occur until after the November midterm elections.

GovWin IQ subscribers can read further about these projects in the provided links. Not a Deltek subscriber? Click here to learn more about Deltek's GovWin IQ service and gain access to a free trial.  

 

FY 2015 Net New Army IT Funding Less than $200 Million

Times are tough for vendors that provide IT products and services to the U.S. Army.  For nearly a decade, the Army received billions of dollars in budgetary resources and it spent a generous portion of that funding on IT.  Following the drawdown in Afghanistan and the onset of sequestration the Army’s budget began to roll over.  Now it’s downright difficult to locate new program funding in the Army’s IT budget.

This difficulty is illustrated clearly in the DoD’s funding request for fiscal 2015.  The Army’s portion of the request shows a total of only $195 million in net new funding, with “net new” defined as development funding slated in FY 2015 for programs that received $0 in FY 2014.  The table below shows the programs for which funding has been requested.  The list is short, indeed.

Of these programs, the largest is the second increment of IPPS-A, the Army’s new integrated Enterprise Resource Planning system for personnel and pay.  Those familiar with the effort know that the contract competition for IPPS-A, Increment 2 is currently in source selection, so funding requested for FY 2015 will go to the winner of the contract.  This leaves only $24 million in remaining new development funding to potentially compete for in FY 2015.  I use the phrase “potentially compete for” because it’s unclear at this point if these are programs for which new contracts will be competed.

For example, Army Processing Centers are computing hubs located in DoD facilities where IT applications are stored, executed, replicated, and managed.  Work at these centers is procured, but more often than not the competitions take the form of task orders under contract vehicles held by a select number of primes, leaving the rest out in the cold.  That the Army will continue to use task order competitions to fulfill this requirement is not guaranteed.  Given the history, however, chances are high that they will.

As for the remaining investments …

Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) tactical radios offer the possibility of generating some revenue for vendors that supply the Army with these devices.

The Petroleum Quality Analysis System, developed by the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (JMTC) at the Army’s Rock Island Arsenal, sounds promising.  Funding in FY 2015 will buy one system and the Army intends to procure a total of 17 systems through FY 2019.  No notice of a pending acquisition could be found for this post, but it looks like there was some activity on Federal Business Opportunities in 2008-2009 related to earlier versions of the PQAS so it might be worth calling around ACC-Warren to find out if work will be required.

Funding for the Software Engineering Center’s C2 Solutions Directorate is probably for operations not necessarily related to contractor support, or for support contracts that already exist, so possibilities are limited here.

Lastly, work related to the third version of the Corporate Account Management System appears to offer some potential.  Unfortunately, I was unable to identify where this work would be done, so there are no leads on where to search for it.  Hopefully the better connected of you folks out there will have more success than I did.

Recommendations

Over the last two years, the Army’s Development, Modernization, and Enhancement (DME) funding has decreased by more than $1.5 billion.  Declines like this leave few contract dollars to compete for.  What I’ve seen in the FY 2015 DoD budget request suggests the following recommendations.

First, the Army’s overall FY 2015 DME budget totals $3.1 billion.  As the analysis above shows, only 6% of this is net new funding, meaning that the other 94% is going to established programs.  Translation – it’s more important than ever to know your customers, both potential and current.  You will want to know potential customers to develop new business by anticipating requirements, knowing how to improve current systems, and how to offer the savings and efficiencies they want.  Current customers you will want to hold close because there are plenty of competitors out there ready, willing, and able to eat your lunch.  Defensive tactics are best in this environment, meaning service and products suppliers should be responsive, accommodating, and helpful to existing customers.  They will expect this from you and this is no time for complacency.

Second, a lot of funding across the Army and DoD in general is going to operations and maintenance of systems.  This being the case, there is new spending under O&M budgets that does not fall in the DME category.  This translates into a need to investigate programs/projects funded under O&M to determine where they are investing in.  As usual, these programs come with incumbents, so be prepared to compete for work someone else is doing.

 

Is DISA’s Commercial Cloud Services Acquisition Dead?

March was an interesting month for cloud computing at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).  First, on March 18th the agency posted an announcement on its website that it “now offers milCloud, a cloud-service portfolio, featuring an integrated suite of capabilities designed to drive agility into the development, deployment, and maintenance of DoD applications.”  That same day, DISA’s Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Fred Henry, assured an audience at the AFCEA Army IT Day that the offerings of milCloud are comparable to those available in a commercial cloud, both in cost and capability.  One week later, Amazon Web Services announced that its cloud services had received from DISA “a DoD Provisional Authorization under the DoD Cloud Security Model (CSM) for Impact Levels 1-2.”  In receiving the DoD ATO, AWS joined two other infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers – Autonomic and CGI Federal – eligible to provide cloud services to Defense customers.  This announcement came less than two weeks after DoD CIO Teri Takai told a House Armed Services subcommittee that a total of nine cloud service providers are currently in the process of receiving authorization to provide cloud services to the DoD.

DISA’s milCloud announcement took many by surprise, particularly because the implications of it are that vendors will need to compete with the agency to provide cloud services to Defense customers.  On the face of it, this appears to be the case.  Defense customers will have the option of using milCloud services or those offered by commercial cloud providers at approved data impact levels.  In practice, however, I suspect there will be plenty of business to go around for commercial providers.  I think this because ever since the issue of DoD using cloud services arose some 4-5 years ago, there have always been core systems and capabilities that the DoD said it absolutely would not host in a commercial cloud.  Add to this the security requirements imposed by U.S. Cyber Command, and you can see why DISA would choose to play it safe by developing its own cloud solution.  At the same time, the department has for years sought to effectively leverage the benefits of cloud computing.  The milCloud solution seems to offer DoD the best of both worlds by balancing the need of Defense customers for access to cloud services in a secure, non-commercial environment.

More curious to me has been the issuance of ATOs to commercial cloud providers in the absence of a competitive setting.  I understand why the Cloud Broker PMO has done it, but is DISA now going to hold a competition for the Commercial Cloud Services Provider acquisition among only the handful of CSPs that have received ATOs?  Can you imagine the howl that will rise from industry (and maybe Congress too!) if competition is limited to only a small number of vendors?  How could contracts be awarded without dozens of protests that hold up the acquisition for years?

The question also arises if a competition to put a cloud services IDIQ into place is even necessary.  Now that multiple CSPs have been authorized to provide cloud services, what’s to stop any Defense customer from simply putting out an RFP for cloud hosting or migration services?  Having an ATO would be a requirement like any other professional certification (CMMI or ISO 9001:2000, anyone?).  The competitive pool would be limited to those vendors that have authorization. 

In short, I find the announcement of milCloud less interesting than the announcement from AWS about its ATO.  By awarding ATOs to AWS and others, DISA may have managed to side-step the entire question of whether a commercial cloud services IDIQ is needed.  Anyone want to bet on when the cancellation notice comes out?

 

 

Deltek Pulse: Justice/public safety and homeland security month in review, March 2014

The most common terms appearing in justice/public safety and homeland security solicitations during March were camera/surveillance, fire alarm and radio. The below maps provide information on where solicitations were released during the month. 

  • Number of public safety bids: 1073
  • Top three states (by number of solicitations released): California (148), Pennsylvania (58) and Ohio (58)
  • Keywords: camera/surveillance, fire alarm and radio

Frequency of terms

  • Surveillance: 31 (9 state; 22 local)
  • Radio: 14 (three state; 11 local)
  • 911: 8 (three state; five local)

Trends

  • Quite a few states either issued or had open solicitations for corrections technology in March. Texas chose to combine its previously separate radio frequency electronic monitoring and GPS electronic monitoring projects into a single solicitation. Florida, Arizona and Nashville, Tenn., have solicitations out for inmate phone systems, and several others have open projects for other corrections technologies.
  • Radio system projects renewed their prominence with several states and counties moving forward with solicitations.
  • Computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and related public safety software systems also saw resurgence with several RFIs and RFPs released, including an RFI released by the Arizona Department of Public Safety for a law enforcement CAD system.

Notable projects

  • Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) released a request for proposals for public safety communication equipment.
  • The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) released a request for information for text-to-911 foreign language translation services, which will be utilized at public safety answering points (PSAPs) throughout the state.
  • The Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) released a solicitation for public safety communication equipment, which at least 10 states intend to participate in.

 Analyst’s Take

March had 44 fewer solicitations released compared to February, and many of the key solicitations released were for larger entities and larger projects, which have longer-than-average timeframes for completion. It is also expected that these projects will take longer to award as they may require more extensive review of technical responses.

One of the most expensive and technical systems required in public safety is the public safety radio system, which proved to be extremely popular in March, along with other traditional JPS technologies such as CAD and records management systems. Besides the large WSCA contract, which is expected to be used in at least 10 states and can be used by localities within those states, several other entities released radio RFPs as well. The radio systems, however, varied in type and location. Several projects, such as one in San Francisco, focus only on individual entities, while others are more regionally focused to cover a broader area, like in Sarasota. Still, the requirements are generally similar regardless of where the system is being implemented.

The majority of entities looking to replace or upgrade their system are choosing an APCO P25-compliant replacement in the 700 or 800 MHz band. These systems are also consistently narrowband, as required by the FCC. What remains to be seen, however, is whether the entities currently working on solicitations will choose to include long-term evolution and other broadband options in the future.

GovWin IQ subscribers can read further about these projects in the provided links. Non-subscribers can gain access with a GovWin IQ free trial.

 

Business Opportunities in DOT’s Fiscal 2015 IT Budget

The Department of Transportation’s information technology (IT) budget request for fiscal year 2015 is $3.3 billion, an amount almost identical to that enacted in FY 2014. Of this total 51%, or $1.7 billion, is slated to be development, modernization, and enhancement (DME) funding. Compare this to $1.6 billion in operations and maintenance (O&M) funding for FY 2015 and what appears is yet another year that DME spending on IT surpasses spending on legacy IT assets at the DOT.

This remarkable situation (remarkable because IT budgets have stagnated everywhere) makes the DOT one of the more attractive business development targets in FY 2015. This post takes a look at a few of the programs receiving the highest percentage of DME funding at the DOT and examines the competitive environment surrounding some those programs.

Federal Aviation Administration



Not surprisingly, all of the top programs receiving 2015 DME funding are at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). I noted in a previous post that the FAA is slated to receive $836 million in FY 2015, plus an additional $186 million if Congress chooses to fund the president’s so-called “Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative” for the Department of Transportation. The programs listed in Table 1 will benefit from those DME dollars, as all are related to either the Next Generation Air Transportation System or the legacy National Airspace System that preceded it. Table 2 below shows that major support contracts related to some of those programs are due to expire by the end of fiscal 2015, providing a potential business opportunity for competitors and follow-on opportunity for incumbents.
 
 
Non-FAA Programs

Having looked at NextGen/NAS related programs at the FAA, what about other programs across the DOT that may be of interest and have DME funding in FY 2015? Table 3 below lists several programs offering potential business opportunities based on new funding in FY 2015.
 
 
Contract information for the DOT Common Operating Environment is readily available, but the opportunity here is limited given the long-term support contracts (#DTOS59D1000008 and #DTOS59D1000009) held by ActioNet which don’t expire until 2019. This leaves the remaining programs to consider. Of these, available details are hit or miss. Here is what could be found.
  • National Pipeline Information Exchange (NIPX) – A program planned by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the NIPX is an integrated database of state and non-PHMSA data sources tracking “unregulated miles, inspection results, enforcements, SRCR and incident investigation on operators” that will enable information sharing between the PHMSA and state partners. No incumbent contract could be found, suggesting this may be a new requirement.
  • FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse – A program planned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to create a controlled substances and alcohol test results database for Commercial Driver's License holders, the D&A Clearinghouse is part of MAP-21 legislation requirements intended to improve safety by ensuring the effectiveness of testing programs. No incumbent contract could be found.
  • MARAD Ready Reserve Force (RRF) Support – Automation capabilities provided by the Nautical System 5 (NS5) and Ready Reserve Force Management System (RMS) for the Maritime Administration’s RRF program. The current support contract (#DTMA91C20120008) held by Management Systems and Consultants expires in December 2016.
  • DOT Departmental Procurement Platform – A program for which the DOT last carried out market research in 2010, the DPP consolidates departmental procurement systems that integrate with DOT's Delphi financial system. An incumbent contract for DPP support couldn’t be found.
Summing up, this handful of programs illustrates that there are pockets of opportunity in the DOT’s $3.3 billion IT budget for FY 2015.  These aren’t multi-million dollar programs the size of many FAA investments, but winning contracts for this work would provide respectable revenue for small and mid-sized businesses in particular.

 

Deltek Pulse: Justice/public safety and homeland security month in review, February 2014

The most common terms appearing in justice/public safety and homeland security solicitations during February were camera/surveillance, radio and fire alarm. The below maps provide information on where solicitations were released during the month. 

  • Number of public safety bids: 1,117
  • Top three states (by number of solicitations released): California (122), Pennsylvania (93) and Virginia (68)
  • Keywords: camera/surveillance, radio and fire alarm

Frequency of terms

  • Surveillance: 40 (13 state; 27 local)
  • Radio: 20 (eight state; 12 local)
  • 911: 4 (zero state; four local)

The below graph provides information on the break-down of the types of entities purchasing justice and public safety technologies.

 

Trends

  • Very few projects were awarded in February; however, numerous solicitations were released.
  • Several localities decided not to release solicitations for projects, particularly radio system projects, in favor of utilizing existing contracts. Franklin County, Ohio, decided to upgrade using its current Motorola radio system, and the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority executed a rider on Prince George’s County’s contract with Motorola. The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management also decided not to release a solicitation for its computer-aided dispatch upgrade project as the upgrade will be sole-sourced to Tiburon.
  • A significant number of solicitations were released for consulting or planning opportunities, particularly for larger, statewide opportunities.

Notable projects

Analyst’s Take

February was a busy month at the state level, with many solicitations released – 60 more than the 1,057 released in January. Many of the solicitations were for large-scale, multi-step projects finally coming to fruition. Included in this is Massachusetts’ re-release of its next generation 911 products and services solicitation. This project was originally released in October 2013, but was canceled in December due to concerns by vendors over their ability to meet the expectations established in the RFR. The scope of work has been revised to address these concerns.

Another large procurement is the state of New Hampshire’s statewide radio system functionality and interoperability study and report. The state currently uses a VHF P25 compliant system and is looking to upgrade it. The winning consultant will be charged with completing a report on the state of the current radio system as well as providing recommendations on how to update the system. It is expected that the timeframe for both of these projects will be longer than average due to their complex nature. These and the other large projects released and updated in February have been in the works for months or, in many cases, years. It is expected that numerous updates and addenda will be released as these projects move through the solicitation process in an effort to avoid having to put the project completely on hold, like the Massachusetts 911 project. Vendors are encouraged to ask questions and attend all of the associated solicitation events, particularly site visits, to gain as much information about these projects as possible prior to submitting proposals. All vendors, even those who are not able to bid on consulting and planning portions, should pay attention to solicitation activity. By tracking consulting portions, vendors can gain an understanding of state processes as well as the scope of the project they may one day bid on.

GovWin IQ subscribers can read further about these projects in the provided links. Non-subscribers can gain access with a GovWin IQ free trial.

 

 

Deltek Pulse: Health and human services month in review, February 2014

Last month, the health and human services team saw the release of approximately 900 solicitations with either heath care or social services as a primary vertical. The word cloud below represents the frequency of terms in those solicitations.

 

As one can see from the below map, California, Pennsylvania and Texas saw the largest number of health and human services-related opportunities, while the state of Wyoming had no related activity.

Notable Opportunities

  •  The Connecticut Department of Children and Families released a request for information (RFI) on February 19 for its Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS). The limitations of the state’s current SACWIS (LINK) are numerous, given that LINK was initially implemented in 1996.
  • The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released an RFI on February 6 for technologies and related services that can be used to advance price and quality transparency in health care for the state.
  • The California Department of Public Health released a draft invitation for bids (IFB) for consulting services relating to the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) 2.0 System.
  • The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, is currently working on a request for proposals (RFP) for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) electronic benefit transfer (EBT) services. The state is planning to implement an online system.
  • The New York Department of Health recently confirmed that it will be releasing an RFP for an all-payer claims database (APCD) data intake solution. The state previously released an RFI for these services.
  • The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services released an RFI on February 7 for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) services. The department’s Office of Emergency Preparedness is seeking information from qualified companies that can demonstrate the capacity to design and maintain DSNAP in any contingency. Responses are due on March 10, 2014.
  • The Alabama Department of Human Resources released an RFP for SNAP quality control review assessment and training. The department plans to develop a new review process that will result in improved accuracy in the review of SNAP cases.

Analyst’s Take

Again, the month of February brought several notable opportunities released in the health care and human services space. States will continue to tweak their health insurance exchange (HIX) systems to make sure they are functioning properly for consumers. State officials will also start thinking about ways to ensure these systems are financially sustainable from 2015 and beyond, since grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will close at the end of 2014. Vendors needing an updated report regarding the HIX market can find a new Deltek Industry Analysis piece, here. Vendors should also be on the lookout for an upcoming Deltek report on the ever-evolving MMIS market, expected later this spring.

You can learn more about current procurement opportunities in the GovWin IQ State and Local Opportunities database. Not a Deltek subscriber? Click here to learn more about Deltek's GovWin IQ service and gain access to a free trial.

 

 

 

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