Almost a month later after its release the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announces they are considering canceling their ESSII Cloud Storage Contract. The ESSII had a contract ceiling worth between $427 to $450 billion with a base project length of four years. The DISA states in their RFP for the ESSII that they are looking for ‘state-of-the-art’ storage capacity to help meet new and existing customer requirements. However, the DISA has not seen the response that they have been looking for in this massive contract on FedBizOpps, the federal government’s online bid board.
According to Federal Times on November 12th, 2013, the DISA released a notice that stated,“Initial indications are the demand will not require a contract with the ceiling estimated in this draft solicitation. We are currently revising our acquisition strategy for satisfying requirements for hosting public non-sensitive data in commercial cloud environments.” The DISA will start to revise the cloud storage contract and continue roaming bids on the available RFP on FedBizOpps. Every business interested in bid on this contract must first be registered in System for Award Management (SAM) in order to win any government contracts.
In 2012, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) demanded that the Department of Defense (DoD) create a functional way to transfer its computing information from data storage centers to cloud storage units. The NDAA is a federal law that specifies the budget and expenditures of the DoD. It manages the spending breakdowns and the amount that is delivered to registered businesses, as well as set-asides that are awarded to small business government contractors. The DISA hosts DoD services in their data centers, which prompted the need to expand their computing solutions.
In order to bid on and work government contracts, businesses must obtain a DUNS number and must complete their System for Award Management (SAM) registration. Successful contractors also develop aggressive government marketing plans, which include the creation of a profile on government websites such as the SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search and automated bid notifications to their email from FBO.gov. Third party registration firms, like US Federal Contractor Registration, have helped thousands of companies cut through the red tape and start bidding. Their dedicated case managers help businesses register in SAM quickly and correctly. Their expertise with federal regulations also allows them to identify and fix any problems in existing registrations.