The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ use of information management and information technology support services continues to evolve to adapt to mission changes. On Aug. 15, 2014, USACE officially announced the award of its $517 million Army Corps of Engineers Information Technology (ACE-IT) Information Management and Information Technology Services (AIES) contract to Vectrus Systems Corporation. After evaluating a protest, the General Accounting Office denied the protest in its entirety on Dec. 11, 2014. This award represents the end of a journey that began more than three years ago, the culmination of the time and effort invested enterprise-wide by many ACE-IT teammates, USACE customers and industry.
Next-Generation Contract Vehicle
AIES is USACE’s next-generation contract vehicle for acquiring information management and information technology support services. The contract is for one year, with four one-year options that, if used, will extend the contract through 2019. The contract will enable
USACE to continue adapting and leveraging advances in the delivery and support of information technology, while maintaining benefits and efficiencies from an enterprise-based model.
Final notice to proceed was given Jan. 26 which begins the 180-day transition period.
USACE Information Technology Chiefs are providing briefings and information sessions at their local sites. A standard briefing with links to the original AIES solicitation documents and frequently asked questions, have been posted at https://aceit.usace.army.mil/aboutus/Pages/AIES.asp
A cross-functional transition team is assisting with the transition now that the notice to proceed has been given. The team will ensure that the mission of USACE continues uninterrupted.
- The transition will be broken down into four phases: Phase 1 ESD, Phase 2 Data Centers, Phase 3 Field Operations, and Phase 4 Final assumption of duties.
Phase 3 will be further broken down into three sub-phases, one for each region. Vectrus has divided the sites into three regions almost identical to our East, Central, and West regions. There are some slight differences in the Labs & Centers.
Phase 3a will be the Central region, 3b will be the Western region, and 3c will be the Eastern region. Each sub-phase will culminate with an Assumption of Responsibility (AOR) 30 days apart. AOR for the Central region is May 11, Western region June 10, and Eastern region July 10.