The Homeland Security Department is considering a follow-on contract to a $45 billion information technology governmentwide acquisition vehicle that would eliminate the contract’s functional categories and allow competition across the board. Functional categories divide the holders of multiple-award contracts into areas of expertise, limiting competition for a given task order to those companies that are within the appropriate functional category.
DHS awarded the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions contract in 2006, giving 25 large companies and 28 small firms a position on the vehicle. As of January 2009, about 300 task orders had been awarded through EAGLE with a total value of $6.8 billion.
DHS is considering awarding a successor contract, to be called EAGLE II-Unrestricted, but has not yet committed to doing so, according to a notice issued Sept. 22 on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site. DHS is evaluating two strategies for EAGLE II: either reducing the five functional categories to three or eliminating the categories altogether, according to the notice.
Under the second option, there would be a single award pool where all EAGLE contractors would be eligible to compete for all unrestricted EAGLE task order solicitations, the notice states.