The Defense Department’s IT arm is again accepting bids for its controversial Encore III contract that could buy as much as $17.5 billion worth of IT services to support the Pentagon’s modernization effort.
Contractors now have until Sept. 30 to revise and submit proposals for Encore III, which has been updated by DISA to adhere to recommendations the Government Accountability Office made in sustaining spring protests by CACI and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Encore III earned ire from industry groups earlier this year because it sought “lowest price, technically acceptable” solutions for potentially complex services, which many felt contradicted a directive from Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall. That directive outlined situations when it would be OK to use LPTA, such as commodity hardware purchases.
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