Updated December 5, 2023

8(a) STARS III Primes should take notice as the latest word out of DHS is that the recompetes for this pair of Department of Homeland Security United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) DevSecOps and Information Technology (IT) software development support contracts are slated to come out soon., but there have been some significant developments in the acquisition strategy for the small business RFP.

The unrestricted RFP is expected out next week, with the solicitation still expected to be released on GSA MAS.

However, the small business RFP, now renamed Enhanced Yield Assistance and Support (EYAS), is now slated to be released on 8(a) STARS III, not GSA MAS. The RFP is not expected to be released until late January. This move allowed the agency to check Yes on the  “Strategic Sourcing Vehicle” box.

 


Updated September 13, 2023

We expect to see a packed house at the recently announced industry day to be held later this month. Companies will no doubt be gathering to get more information and to provide feedback on this pair of Department of Homeland Security contracts that will consist of teams to provide development, security, and operations (DevSecOps) services to support the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Information Technology (IT) software development delivery services primarily for VIS (Verification Information System). If you plan to attend in person, you will want to register ASAP. Details on the industry day, as well as a draft PWS, can be found here.

The two contracts that will be covered at the industry day include FALCON and FALCON SB, the small business counterpart to this contract.

FALCON Small Business – There is still a bit of time to help influence the direction for the competition of this 5-year contract, as the RFP is not expected to be released until December. This is a recompete of the ASDOV contract currently held by A Square Group. This contract is tentatively set to go out on GSA MAS as a small business set-aside action, but USCIS has been clear that they are still conducting market research on this requirement.

Key Points of Contact for FALCON SB (Current and Past)

FALCON – We covered this contract below in late August. The only significant changes are the addition of the industry day and Draft PWS, as well as the statement from USCIS that they remain conducting market research, and that are looking forward to discussing and receiving feedback on this requirement. More will be shared on these two procurements as they are available post-event.


Added August 29, 2023

It appears that the RFP for this 5-year FALCON contract to provide development, security, and operations (DevSecOps) services to support United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Information Technology (IT) system delivery primarily VIS (Verification Information System) is set to go out in early FY 2024. More details, key points of contact and related data are included below. 

The FALCON contract is a direct follow-on to a $49M joint application management, operations, and nextgen (JAMON) contract which was awarded to Slalom just last month without competition citing urgency.  

In July, USCIS posted a limited source justification detailing a requirement to award a sole source order to Slalom to provide development, security, and operations (DevSecOps) services to support United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Information Technology (IT) system delivery primarily VIS (Verification Information System). The stated rationale detailed that due to “issues experienced by the program office … the program office is in need for Slalom, the previous incumbent, to continue to provide critical expertise which they’ve been providing for the past 3.5 years.” … “The current VIPER task order is set to expire on July 11, 2023 …  a separate twelve-month sole source will bridge the gap between the end of VIPER … and awarding this as a competed requirement in fiscal year 2024.” … “The government intends to procure new agile development services in the future to support IRNSD in FY24. The program and OCON have issued an sources sought notice via SAM.gov to ensure that in future acquisitions that the same type of support, thus eliminating the barriers to competition.” See the Limited-Sources Justification (LSJ) here.  

The RFP for FALCON is expected to come out in late October as unrestricted competition on GSA MAS. The teams on this contract will be performing operations and maintenance activities and standardizing complex, large-scale, Internet-facing websites and IT systems will be located in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud environment using forward-thinking, modern, open source technologies and managed cloud services with heavy customer engagement.  

The competition is expected to be fierce, with companies, both small and large, working to influence the acquisition strategy.  

Key Points of Contact for FALCON (Current and Past) 

Related 

Need a Partner? DHS USCIS Focused Consulting Firms drawing the most attention:  

To support any companies looking for partners, included below is a list of the large and small business IT partners we have noted as drawing the most views by Government and industry leaders on the OrangeSlices AI consultant directory since the beginning of 2023 and that bring direct past performance and/or related relationships in support of USCIS. 

** An Elev8 GovCon Honoree, noted for a corporate culture that demonstrates excellence, making the company a beacon for talent, for partners, and for clients.    

We cannot and will not speculate here as to the reasons for the increased interest, but whether it is a company evaluating them as a potential partner; a federal acquisition leader doing their due diligence; or a consultant weighing their next job move, this group of companies has been receiving increased interest.   

Looking to identify some of the top small and large partners supporting DHS USCIS? Click Here You can filter the list by several key indicators, to include socio-economic status, NAICS, Contract vehicle, etc.    

 

 

 

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