More Than Two Years After the RFP Release, the Army Awards the $37B RS3 Contracts

Published: May 16, 2017

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It's been more than two years since the release of the RFP. But on May 15, 2017, the Army announced over 50 awards to companies to fulfill its $37B multiple award IDIQ procurement called Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services (RS3) program.

The RS3 program is intended to provide a contract vehicle that enables the Army to acquire support for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) customers and a continuing requirement for rapid response (R2) services to support critical systems requirements for the Command and Control (C2) Systems Integration Directorate (C2SID). 

The RS3 acquisition represents the consolidation of several previous Army multiple award IDIQs including S3 and R2-3G to name a couple. Spending on the contracts being consolidated on RS3 received over $1.2B in spending in FY 2016.

The award marks the end (depending on protests) of a procurement that began with an RFI notice in March 2014 and a solicitation release in March 2015. Twenty-six months later awards are finally being announced. GovWin IQ first began tracking it in December 2009 (while still operating under the prior company, INPUT).

The contracts carry a combined ceiling value of $37.5B making it one of the largest contracts awarded in 2017. The procurement was #2 on the GovWin IQ Top 20 Federal Opportunities report for FY 2014.