The State Department’s Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) is seeking a new acquisition strategy and intends to award a multiple award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract worth up to $4 billion.

According to a request for information (RFI), the estimated ceiling for the award vehicle will be $4 billion over 10 years, and State is contemplating six to 10 awardees.

Currently, IRM receives services under multiple IT contracts (known as Vanguard) and the option years authorized under the task orders are being exhausted. The new contract vehicle would “support the needs currently met under Vanguard 2.2.1 and the scope will also encompass IRM’s future IT-Service needs not currently under Vanguard 2.2.1.”

According to the RFI, IRM is pivoting to a project-based mentality as opposed to a technology-based one as part of a re-organization effort. The new contract vehicle is to be utilized by IRM “to support enterprise-wide IT requirements and efforts to transform to a plan, build, test, run, and customer service structure.”

With a response date of April 7, IRM is seeking to determine the following through the RFI:

  • Obtain feedback on the proposed acquisition strategy, including: contract ceiling, contract vehicles, composition, proposed number of awards, and existing contract vehicles that State can leverage for IRM requirements; and

Inform industry of engagement for procurement and obtain feedback on all aspects of IRM’s current technology stack, overarching policies, and concurrent task order awards.

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.