From the Air Force to Health and Human services, 2013 proved to be an exciting expensive year for government contracts. These large federal contracts run into the billions, so smaller businesses or companies will have a more difficult time competing. However, for any contractor of any size, it is interesting to see what the government has put on the market today for insight into the contracting landscape of tomorrow.
Here are Five of the largest government contracts of 2013:
1. Training Systems Acquisition III Program ≈ $20.9 billion
This training program will condense 33 present programs into six brand new ones. They will be designed to meet the training needs of the Air Force, Foreign Military Sales, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard. The different companies involved will need to competently and competitively provide performance-based training systems that focus on analysis, production, sustainment, and much more. The previous contract, Training Systems Acquisition II, is currently held by eleven different companies, but will expire in 2016.
2. One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) ≈ $12 billion
This contract addresses government agencies’ need for professional service across several different departments. The main services are IT related, which include: management, management counseling, logistical, engineering, scientific, and financial. This is a contract that small businesses might be able to get in on through a subcontract because of the multiplicity of services needed to fulfill the contract’s stipulations.
3. Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP V) (NASA) ≈ 10.5 billion
SEWP is an innovative program that provides IT products to NASA. The products are numerous: computers, tablets, servers, storage and network devices, video and visualization solutions, and security systems. Service for these IT products must also be provided: installation, training, maintenance, and warranty. Right now, 42 companies hold the SEWP IV contract, which expires in 2014.
4. Chief Information Officer – New (CIO New) (Health and Human Service) ≈$6 billion
Across the government, this contract will provide health information technology and biotechnical research. It will also provide health service products and services. In the past, this contract has provided UNIX-based workstations, LAN/WAN infrastructure, and smartphones. The Electronic Commodity Store III GWAC was the previous name of this contract and is currently held by 42 companies, but will expire in November.
5. Global Network Services (GNS) (DoD) ≈ 5.75 billion
This contract has the potential to replace up to four current contracts that support the Defense Information Systems Network. The services provided will mainly be commercially leased network capacity services along with satellite and wireless services. The GNS contract will support all current and future telecommunications network data transfer rates, standards, and protocols for any defense related national security communications or networks.
As you’ve probably noticed, most of these contracts have to do with IT products and services. Whether you’re a giant corporation or a startup business, keep that in mind; it’s more than likely that a local or state government will require similar services or products featured in these contracts.
Jeremy Higbee loves to snowboard wherever and whenever he can. When he's not faceplanting in snow, he writes about government news, opportunities, and business. Jeremy is interested in managing government bid opportunities.