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D--OI&T Mentoring Program Hosting Environment and Support Services

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published August 20, 2015
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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA), Office of Information & Technology (OI&T) Mentoring Program Hosting Environment and Support Services VA, Office of Acquisition Operations, Technology Acquisition Center, located at 23 Christopher Way, Eatontown, New Jersey, intends to issue a solicitation on or around August 26, 2015, in accordance with VA Acquisition Regulation, 852.219-10, "VA Notice of Total Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Set Aside". VA, OI&T requires support services to coordinate and implement a formal OI&T mentoring program consistent with Competency Modeling and Workforce Development initiatives established by Information Technology Workforce Development and the Office of Personnel and Management. Under this effort, the Contractor will be required to support, coordinate, manage, track, provide training, and assist in administering the OI&T Mentoring Program; including hosting and operating the COTS (or modified COTS) website infrastructure and associated databases and interfaces, and maintaining continuous availability of access to the website application and data. The period of performance is 12 months with four, 12-month option periods. The primary North American Industry Classification System is 541618 size standard of $15.0M. The anticipated award date is September 25, 2015. NOTE: The Request for Proposal (RFP) number this announcement relates to is VA118-15-R-0538. Description VA, OI&T has a requirement for a commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS), or modified COTS, web-based mentoring software application to support, coordinate, manage, and administer the OI&T Mentoring Program. The Contractor shall provide and configure a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program approved hosting environment for the installation, operation, and hosting of web software infrastructures and associated databases. The Contractor shall develop and provide training including user training on the functionality of the web-based mentoring software application; administrator training for personnel assigned administrator privileges in the web-based mentoring software application; mentee/mentor participant overview training; quarterly workshops for new mentor/mentee pairs; and training on the Subject Matter Expert module use and retrieval of information.

D--Brand Name Virtual Computer Environment (VCE) VBlock Hardware and Software Maintenance Support

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published September 30, 2015
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JUSTIFICATION FOR AN EXCEPTION TO FAIR OPPORTUNITY 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, New Jersey 07724 2. Description of Action: The proposed action is for a brand name firm-fixed-price task order issued under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). 3. Description of Supplies or Services: The proposed action is to provide hardware and software maintenance coverage for the two Virtual Computer Environment (VCE) VBlock server platforms. The Office of Resolution Management (ORM) manages, operates, and maintains servers located at two secure facilities, the Capital Data Regional Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and the VA Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The servers provide shared file, print, and application services to all VA ORM employees nationwide and are comprised of VCE VBlock technology. ORM requires 24-hour, 7 days per week, telephone technical support for the VBlock hardware and software items, and onsite repair services, including parts replacement, online software and firmware upgrades via downloads, and software license renewals. In addition, ORM requires continued maintenance and software coverage from the original equipment manufacturer, VCE Company LLC. The period of performance is 12 months from date of award, with two 12-month option periods. The total estimated value of the proposed action is 4. Statutory Authority: The statutory authority permitting this exception to fair opportunity is Section 41 U.S.C. 4106(c)(2) as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.505(b)(2)(i)(B) entitled, "Only one awardee is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services ordered are unique or highly specialized." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited: This is a brand name justification in accordance with FAR 11.105, Items Peculiar to One Manufacturer. ORM competitively procured the server solution hardware, along with the needed software and support services, on the NASA SEWP GWAC. The VCE VBlock solution was provided by CDW-G, a reseller. CDW-G delivered a cloud-ready, integrated, engineered, and self-contained system referred to as VCE VBlock; only an authorized reseller of VCE VBlock technology can perform the required maintenance support. VA requires continued hardware and software maintenance for VCE VBlock technology. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are in section 8 of this justification. This effort did not yield any additional sources that can meet the Government's requirements. It was determined that limited competition is viable among authorized resellers for this brand name effort. In accordance with FAR 5.301 and 16.505(b)(2)(ii)(D), this action will be synopsized and the justification will be made publicly available within 14 days of award on the Federal Business Opportunities Page. In accordance with FAR 16.505(a)(4)(iii)(A), the justification will be posted with the request for quotation on the NASA SEWP V GWAC. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: The Government will continue to conduct market research to ascertain if there are changes in the marketplace that would enable future actions to be competed. 8. Market Research: In May 2015, the Government's technical experts conducted Internet searches on the General Services Administration (GSA) eLibrary portal to determine if there were any resellers and if any other sources could provide the required hardware and software maintenance support. Searches were based on the part numbers and the general description of the hardware and software maintenance. No resellers were found on GSA. Although other vendors possess similar capabilities to provide the required maintenance only VCE VBlock or an authorized reseller has access to the proprietary database structure and source code, protocols, and software application programming interfaces specific to the maintenance for this particular hardware and software. In addition, on May 19, 2015, VA issued a market research request on NASA SEWP V GWAC which closed on May 22, 2015. VA sent the request to all contract holders to determine if there are any maintenance providers of the VCE VBlock server technology from VCE Company LLC. One Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, Regan Technologies and two large businesses, CDW-G and Insight indicated that they could provide the products, with maintenance and support provided by VCE. CDW-G previously provided the products, maintenance and licenses on the NASA SEWP IV contract. Additional market research was conducted by the Government in September 2015 by utilizing the NASA SEWP V GWAC Provider Look-Up Tool that identified 10 resellers of VCE products. In addition, the NASA SEWP V GWAC is a dynamic GWAC in which products can be added to vendor catalogs based on customer requests on a daily basis, as long as the required Information Technology item is within scope of the NASA SEWP V GWAC. In addition, the requirements discussed herein have been found to be within scope of the NASA SEWP V GWAC in a separate determination. As a result, there is reasonable expectation that limited competition exists on the NASA SEWP V GWAC for the VCE VBlock maintenance support. 9. Other Facts: None.

D--SAS Server SW for Pre-prod

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published September 17, 2015
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On September 15, 2015, the Technology Acquisition Center awarded Delivery Order VA118-15-F-0464 under the terms and conditions of General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 70 Contract GS-35F-0170K with Executive Information Systems (EIS), 6901 Rockledge Drive, Suite 600, Bethesda, MD 20827-0076. EIS will be providing Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) software licenses. The period of performance is September 30, 2015 through September 29, 2016, the total order value of $743,125.00. ? LIMITED SOURCES JUSTIFICATION 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, NJ 07724 2. Description of Action: The proposed action is for a firm fixed price delivery order for Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) Institute Incorporated licenses and associated maintenance. This effort will be awarded as a delivery order under General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Information Technology 70 contract number GS-35F-0170K with Executive Information Systems LLC, (EIS). 3. Description of the Supplies or Services: VA, Office of Information and Technology, Service Delivery and Engineering, Field Operations Region 5, in support of Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Office of Performance Analysis & Integrity (OPA&I), has a requirement for additional SAS software licenses and maintenance. The SAS software will be installed on a SAS pre-production server used throughout VBA for development and testing predictive analytics, simulation, optimization studies, and ad hoc reporting capabilities of current claims processing functions. SAS is a proprietary product, and as such, technical software support and maintenance is required from SAS for software updates, patches, phone and email support, and on-line self-help. The period of performance shall be from September 30, 2015 through September 29, 2016. 4. Statutory Authority: This acquisition will be conducted under the authority of the Multiple-Award Schedule Program. The specific authority providing for a limited source award is Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 8.405-6(a)(1)(i)(B), "Only one source is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services are unique or highly specialized." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited Above: The proposed source for this action is EIS, LLC, 6901 Rockledge Drive, Suite 600, Post Office Box 34076, Bethesda, Maryland, 20827-0076. OPA&I has an existing production server run SAS software that is currently being used throughout VBA to provide OPA&I with predictive analytics, simulation, optimization studies, and ad hoc reporting capabilities of current claims processing functions. The SAS software that is currently installed in this production environment provides for advanced analytical tools for predictive analysis, data mining, and claims workload forecasting. OPA&I intends to establish a pre-production environment to replicate the current production environment. In meeting the demands of an often chaotic and unpredictable production software environment, it's necessary to test new functions as thoroughly as possible. When systems are placed in production, their operational characteristics (and flaws) are on display for all users to see and encounter, whether it is an internal information technology product that relies on authentication and profile data, or an externally-facing mission-critical system. This pre-production environment will be utilized to test new software features and newly released reports; perform software performance and acceptance testing; and test the ability to migrate systems, software, and data to new vendor software deployed in support of Veteran claims processing. The pre-production environments are vital to expose the systems, software, and data to rigorous testing in advance of deployment to the production systems. For this reason, the pre-production environment must mirror the actual production environment. In order to meet this requirement VA must procure the same SAS software that currently runs on the production environment. Running alternate brand software that performs similar functionality will not provide for an accurate test environment, ultimately degrading the integrity of any tests performed in pre-production. The result would be installing new software in the production environment without knowing its real impacts. This would negatively impact all facets of the deployed claims processing systems, including functionality, performance, and security. Additionally, the software includes maintenance support so the software will remain up-to-date and consistent with the production system. Only SAS can provide these updates as only SAS has the intellectual property rights to modify the code on its software. No other brand has the source code in order to develop and push software patches and updates. Similarly, no other source has the ability to perform phone, email, and online support for the product. Therefore, only the aforementioned SAS software with maintenance, procured through SAS' exclusive Federal reseller, EIS, will meet VA's needs. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are in the market research section of this document. There is no competition anticipated for this acquisition. Based on market research, EIS is the only authorized reseller of SAS software. The ordering activity will post the justification along with the request for quote to the GSA E-Buy website in accordance with FAR 8.405-6(b)(3). Additionally, in accordance with FAR 5.301, the resulting notice of award will be synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities Page within 14 days after award and this justification will be made publicly available. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: The Government will continue to conduct market research to ascertain if there are changes in the market place that would enable future actions to be competed. 8. Market Research: Market research was conducted August 2015 by performing an internet search to determine if there was other software available that could serve the purpose of replicating OPA&I's current production environment. Though there are other products from Boulette Moores Cloer (BMC), International Business Machines, and Hewlett Packard that offer data visualization and simulation, SAS JMP and Simulation Studio for JMP are already integrated into the OPA&I production infrastructure supporting current analytical processes, so no other brand product can be used to create a pre-production environment. Additionally, VA performed further market research in August 2015 by conducting a search on the GSA e-Library. Market research indicated only EIS has exclusive rights to sell and support all SAS software licenses and maintenance to Government customers. 9. Other Facts: None.

D--Microsoft Exchange Next Lab (Hines)

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published September 30, 2015
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On September 29, 2015, the Technology Acquisition Center awarded Delivery Order VA118-15-F-0759 under the terms and conditions of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V contract NNG15SD26B with ThunderCat Technology, 1775 Wiehle Avenue, Suite 104, Reston, Virginia 20190. ThunderCat will be providing SuperMicro enterprise equipment, specifically servers, just a bunch disks disk enclosures, and fibre channel switches for a Microsoft Exchange lab environment. The period of performance shall be a 5-year warranty for all hardware and software items from the date of Government's acceptance of equipment, which shall be delivered within 30 days after contract award, the total order value of $359,026.00. ? JUSTIFICATION FOR AN EXCEPTION TO FAIR OPPORTUNITY 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, NJ 07724 2. Description of Action: This proposed action is for a brand name firm-fixed-price Delivery Order to be issued under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). 3. Description of Supplies or Services: VA, Office of Information and Technology, Service Delivery and Engineering, Enterprise Systems Engineering, Enterprise Messaging and Collaboration Services requires brand name SuperMirco enterprise equipment; specifically servers, disk enclosures, and fibre channel switches for a Microsoft Exchange project lab test environment. This will allow VA to test updates, patches, and upgrades on exactly the same hardware being implemented under VA's Microsoft Exchange Next project before rolling out any of this equipment nationally. VA requires a 5-year warranty for all hardware and associated software from the date of Government acceptance. Equipment shall be delivered within 30 days after date of award. 4. Statutory Authority: The statutory authority permitting this exception to fair opportunity is 41 U.S.C. 4106(c)(2) as implemented by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.505(b)(2)(i)(B), entitled "Only one awardee is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services ordered are unique or highly specialized." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited Above: Based on market research, as described in section 8 of this justification, it was determined that limited competition is anticipated through authorized resellers for the aforementioned brand name SuperMirco equipment, software, and components. VA National Exchange Next Project systems are preparing to install SuperMirco brand servers, disk enclosures, and storage area network switches. SuperMirco basic input-output system settings, driver versions, and system configurations can only be tested on the same equipment being implemented for the VA National Microsoft Exchange Next Project. Also, Exchange application functionality upgrades and configuration changes will need to be tested on the same physical and logical configuration planned for the production environment. An alternate brand of test lab equipment would inhibit VA's ability to test in a controlled environment prior to deploying any changes or updates into VA's production environment. This would require VA to make changes in the production Exchange environment without knowing the impact of those changes, which could result in system down time and severe degradation of performance. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are in section 8 of this justification. This effort did not yield any additional sources that can meet the Government's requirements. It was determined that limited competition is viable among authorized resellers for the required brand name. In accordance with FAR 5.301 and 16.505(b)(2)(ii)(D), notice of award of this action will be synopsized and this justification will be made publicly available within 14 days of award on the Federal Business Opportunities Page. In accordance with FAR 16.505(a)(4)(iii)(A), this justification will be posted with the request for quotation on the NASA SEWP V GWAC website to notify all interested parties. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: In order to remove or overcome barriers to competition in future acquisitions for this requirement, the agency will work with the program office to perform additional market research so that other solutions can be considered. 8. Market Research: During July 2015, the Government's technical experts reviewed other products through internet searches which identified Hewlett Packard, EMC, International Business Machines, Dell, NetApp, and Nimble Storage as storage and server manufacturers. The Government's technical experts contacted these manufacturers to determine if any devices could be integrated and interoperate with the VA Microsoft Exchange project equipment. Each manufacturer, including SuperMirco, confirmed that all equipment, software, and components within an enterprise lab testing environment must be of the same manufacturer in order to ensure compatibility. Additional market research was conducted in August 2015 by utilizing the Provider Lookup tool to determine whether the brand name SuperMicro is available from NASA SEWP V GWAC holders. It was determined that there are several resellers of the brand name SuperMicro that hold current GWACs. Other Facts: None.

D--Synopsis VA Genomic Lab/LIMS/RLN Interfaces

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published August 24, 2016  -  Deadline September 7, 2016
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This is a synopsis of a proposed sole source contract for The Contractor shall deploy the following Cerner Millennium Helix capabilities and services to one (1) VA genomic performing laboratory (Tampa) and RLN network capabilities to seven (7) VA genomic laboratories; Tampa, Washington D.C. West Haven, Little Rock, New Orleans, San Antonio, Los Angeles, the Mobile Applications Environment (MAE) and VistA: monthly progress and on-boarding requirement reports, testing, capacity planning, setup, and installation of the solution. Please direct any questions or inquiries related to this notice to Joshua Cohen, 732-440-9696, Joshua.cohen2@va.gov.

99--TAC-16-29002 SAS Grid Software

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published June 23, 2016
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LIMITED-SOURCES JUSTIFICATION 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, New Jersey 07724 2. Description of Action: The proposed action is for a firm-fixed-price sole source delivery order issued under General Service Administration (GSA) Information Technology (IT) 70 Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contract number GS-35F-0170K with Executive Information Systems, LLC (EIS) located at 6901 Rockledge Dr., Suite 600, Bethesda, Maryland 20817. 3. Description of the Supplies or Services: VA, Office of Information and Technology, Veterans Informatics and Computing Infrastructure (VINCI) program, has a requirement for additional brand name Statistical Analysis System (SAS) Grid software licenses with maintenance support. The required software licenses are in support of existing data analysis activities serving the research users within the VA VINCI environment. The VINCI program is a partnership between VA, Office of Information and Technology, and the Veterans Health Administration Office of Research and Development. VINCI provides the storage and server technologies to securely host suites of medical and clinical research databases integrated from select national data sources. Researchers access the data along with the tools for reporting and analysis in a secure, virtual working environment. SAS Grid software is part of the VINCI program mission to provide custom software tools to be used by researchers within VINCI's secure computing environments. Maintenance of the existing licenses is required to receive software upgrades and support. The period of performance shall be 6/30/2016 to 6/29/2017. 4. Authority: This acquisition is conducted under the authority of the Multiple-Award Schedule Program. The specific authority providing for a limited source award is Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 8.405-6(a)(1)(i)(B), "Only one source is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services are unique or highly specialized." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited Above: As detailed in section 8 of this justification, SAS Grid Software is the only software product that meets the VA's requirements for the following reasons: SAS enables VA researchers to analyze and extract meaningful information from extremely large data sets (up to five terabyte); only SAS has the performance and capability for handling the vast amounts of data required by VA; only SAS has sufficient support to ensure VA has the required availability and reliability of the SAS Grid. While there are currently other software products available that claim to have similar capabilities, such as those identified in paragraph 8, the Government has determined that these software products will not meet the Government's needs for data availability, reliability and product support of the existing SAS licenses. Additionally, the VINCI environment contains a large body of code written in the SAS proprietary language/code. As this code will only run in the SAS software environment, there are no equivalent products available. No other vendor can provide the required maintenance due to the proprietary nature of the SAS software that is currently fielded and operating in the VINCI environment. The support is vital to maintain the SAS installation so that researchers can use the software to query data to improve Veteran Care outcomes. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are in section 8 of this justification. There is no competition anticipated for this acquisition. Based on market research, EIS is the only authorized reseller of SAS Analytics software licenses and maintenance. This justification shall be published along with the request for quotation to the GSA e-Buy website in accordance with FAR 8.405-6(b)(3). Additionally, in accordance with FAR 5.301 and 8.405-6(a)(2), the resulting notice of award will be synopsized and this justification will be made publicly available on the Federal Business Opportunities Page within 14 days after award. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: In order to remove or overcome barriers to competition in future acquisitions for this requirement, the agency will work with the program office to perform additional market research to enable future actions to be fully competed. 8. Market Research: The Government's technical experts performed market research in December 2015 and revalidated in February 2016. The market research included a thorough review of various websites and trade publications and discussions with data managers and researchers in VA to ascertain if there are other similar items that can meet the Government's requirements. Specifically, VA technical experts researched statistical software packages such as Social Sciences, Stata and R, Oracle, and Informatica; however, none of these software packages offer interoperability and code compatibility with the current VINCI platform. Only SAS software meets all of VA's functional needs as described in the previous paragraphs. The aforementioned software products offer a limited array of analytics and none of them offers a grid-enabled high-performance computing environment which is crucial to meeting the Government's requirements. Based on this market research, it was determined that only SAS software can meet all of the Government's requirements and EIS is the only authorized reseller of SAS software and maintenance. 9. Other Facts: None.

D--Citrix Consulting Vouchers

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published September 1, 2015
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In accordance with FAR 5.301 and 16.505(b)(2), this posting serves as notice of contract award and provides the published Justification for an Exception to Fair Opportunity required to be posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Page within 14 days of award. An order is being placed under the terms and conditions of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP) V Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) NNG15SD19B with Alvarez & Associates, LLC (Alvarez), 8251 Greensboro Drive #230, Tysons Corner, VA 22102. The total order value is $381,170.07, inclusive of the required base and optional tasks. This requirement was for the procurement of Citrix Consulting Vouchers to be redeemed for Citrix Consulting Services (CCS) for the expansion of the Field Operations Region 5 Citrix software environment. Any and all inquiries shall be submitted to the Contract Specialist for this effort, Michael Weckesser, at Michael.weckesser@va.gov.

99--TAC-15-21023 VMWare vCenter Operations 5 6 Management Suite

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published July 2, 2015
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JUSTIFICATION FOR EXCEPTION TO FAIR OPPORTUNITY 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, New Jersey 07724 2. Description of Action: This proposed action is to include brand name specifications in a firm-fixed-price delivery order to be issued under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). 3. Description of Supplies or Services: VA, Office of Information Technology (OI&T), Service Delivery and Engineering (SDE), Enterprise Operations (EO) has a requirement for 128 brand name VMware vRealize Operations 6 Advanced Edition (vRealize) software suite licenses and associated maintenance support. vRealize is an automated operations management software solution that provides patented analytics and integrated performance, capacity, and configuration management functions for highly virtualized and cloud infrastructures. vRealize is specifically built for system administrators to more effectively manage the performance of their virtual VMware environments as they move to a private cloud computing environment. vRealize software enables VA to obtain better visibility and actionable intelligence to proactively ensure application and system availability and service levels. vRealize ensures optimum resource usage and configuration compliance of systems and applications operating in VA virtual and cloud environments, which will result in higher quality of service, reduced security and data breach incidents, reduced downtime of infrastructure and application services, improved user collaboration and increased productivity due to better system and application operational visibility across the entire environment. Additional efficiencies anticipated from this operations management software are infrastructure cost savings, better resource utilization through capacity optimizations, decreased number of tools required to monitor the environment and ensuring continuous compliance with Federal and VA-specific Information Technology (IT) policies and regulatory requirements. Associated maintenance is required for the vRealize software suite to ensure it remains operational in supporting VMware virtualized environments. The period of performance is 12-months from date of award. 4. Statutory Authority: The statutory authority permitting exception to fair opportunity is Section 41 U.S.C. 4106(c)(2) as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation 16.505(b)(2)(i)(B) "Only one awardee is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or service is ordered are unique or highly specialized." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited: This brand name justification is in support of FAR 11.105, Items Peculiar to One Manufacturer. Based on extensive market research, as described in section 8 of this justification, it was determined that limited competition is available through authorized resellers of the aforementioned brand name software suite and maintenance. vRealize software and maintenance is required to manage the expansion of the existing VMware virtual infrastructure for the OI&T, SDE, EO. This acquisition proposes to procure 128 brand name VMware management operations software suites and maintenance. Due to the proprietary source code that is required to interoperate and perform management operations with the existing VMware infrastructure; no other brand name software product is interoperable or compatible with the currently fielded VMware virtual infrastructure. If another software suite was introduced into the currently fielded VMware virtual infrastructure, it would not be able to communicate with the existing virtual infrastructure. The existing EO virtual machine infrastructure prohibits the use of a management operations software suite other than VMware. Replacing the present management suite would require EO to replace the existing virtual infrastructure and all of the present management architecture associated with the virtual infrastructure. The costs associated with replacement of the existing VMware virtual infrastructure and management architectures would not be recovered through competition. Additionally, no other software meets all of VA's functional requirements which include health monitoring and alerting in all infrastructure areas, ability to provide predictive analytics, ability to provide visibility of systems and applications across all layers of the infrastructure, ability to collect and analyze performance data and correlate abnormalities, and identify the root cause of infrastructure, system and application performance problems. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are in the section 8 of this justification. This effort did not yield any additional sources that can meet the Government's requirements. It was determined, however, that limited competition is viable among authorized resellers for the required brand name software suites and maintenance. In accordance with FAR 5.301 and 16.505(b)(2)(ii)(D), this action will be synopsized and this justification will be made publicly available on the Federal Business Opportunities Page within 14 days of award. In accordance with FAR 16.505(a)(4)(iii)(A)(2) the justification and request for quotation will be posted to all contract awardees on the NASA SEWP V GWAC. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: The Government will continue to conduct market research to ascertain if there are changes in the marketplace that would enable future actions to be competed. 8. Market Research: VA technical representatives performed market research from May 2014 to Jan 2015. This research included review of similar software and maintenance from companies including Dell Computer, GovPlace, and Iron Bow to determine if comparable software was available and could meet VA's requirements. Potential sources were identified but couldn't meet all of the requirements due primarily to the proprietary source code required by the existing VMware virtual infrastructure used to perform health monitoring, performance alerts and predictive analytics on systems and applications operating on this virtual infrastructure. vRealize software is the only product that can meet all of VA's interoperability and functional requirements whereas SolarWinds Virtualization and Foglight software manager products cannot access the proprietary source code to interoperate with the existing EO virtual infrastructure and only look at storage infrastructure components and do not perform VA functional requirements to provide health monitoring, performance alerts, and predictive analytics in all virtual infrastructure areas. Unlike the other product lines noted above, vRealize has the capability VA requires to learn what 'normal' is for its environment and provide predictive analytics. The term 'normal' refers to the expected behavior of an IT infrastructure environment. Replacing the present management suite will require SDE EO to replace its existing virtual infrastructure and all of the present management architectural structures. Utilizing software products without this capability would impact continuation of system and application operations on the virtual infrastructure, as it would require architectural changes. Any other management operations software does not meet the VA functional requirements for visibility across all layers of the virtual infrastructure like the way vRealize collects and analyzes performance data, correlates abnormalities, and identifies the root cause of increasing performance problems. vRealize collects data from various virtual and physical systems (networking, storage, computer database, virtual, etc.) and provides proactive alerts as to when a problem may occur in the future. Market research determined that the use of the VMware brand vRealize software is essential to meet the Government's requirements and thereby precludes no other product can meet the requirements. vRealize is the only product that meets the VA's requirements for reliability, maintainability, functionality, scalability, performance, and security within the existing virtualization environment. 9. Other Facts: None.

D--PIV Equipment Improvements

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published June 5, 2015
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On June 4, 2015, the Technology Acquisition Center awarded Delivery Order VA118-15-F-0071 under the terms and conditions of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V contract NNG15SD19B with Alvarez & Associates, 8251 Greensboro Drive Suite 230, Tysons Corner, VA 22102. Alvarez & Associates will be providing the expansion of the existing Personal Identity Verification Hewlett Packard (HP) Blade server and Storage Array. The period of performance shall be from June 4, 2015 to June 3, 2016, in the total order value of $310,441.84. ? JUSTIFICATION FOR AN EXCEPTION TO FAIR OPPORTUNITY 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, NJ 07724 2. Description of Action: This proposed action will limit competition to solicit for brand name Hewlett Packard (HP) Blade server and Storage Array resources under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP) V Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). 3. Description of the Supplies or Services: VA, Office of Information and Technology (OI&T), Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Program Office has a requirement for additional HP Blade Servers and Storage Array System hardware with 5 year extended warranty support to augment VA's PIV Implementation Environment. The PIV virtualization environment is located at two geographically separated locations. The Production System is located at Martinsburg, West Virginia Capital Region Readiness Center (CRRC), and the Disaster Recovery system is located at Hines, Illinois Information Technology Center (ITC). There are four existing HP Blade System c-Class (BLc) Blade Chassis at Martinsburg CRRC and four existing HP BLc Blade Chassis at Hines ITC. The proposed action shall include installation services for these additional HP server and storage hardware to include: inventory, set-up, start-up, installation, configuration, and integration of the additional Storage Area Networks (SAN) into existing system environment to full operation. Hardware shall be delivered within 30 days of contract award with installation completed within 60 days of award, and the warranty support shall be 5 years from receipt of hardware. 4. Statutory Authority: The statutory authority permitting an exception to fair opportunity is Section 41 U.S.C. 4106(c)(2) as implemented by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Paragraph 16.505(b)(2)(i)(B), entitled "Only one awardee is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services ordered are unique or highly specialized." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited Above: This is a brand name justification in support of FAR Subpart 11.105, Items Peculiar to One Manufacturer. Based on extensive market research, as described in paragraph 8 of this document, it was determined that limited competition is available for these brand name HP products. HP Blade and Storage Array systems are uniquely integrated into PIV environment's infrastructure. The expansion of any of these systems must be of the same manufacturer so that the hardware architecture will interoperate, integrate, and expand between the HP Blade chassis and to utilize the HP Virtual Connect Flex-IO technology within the HP Blade systems. Flex-IO technology is a hardware-based solution that enables the splitting of a 10 Gigabits server network connection into four variable partitions. This technology allows network administrators to replace multiple lower bandwidth physical Network Interface Card (NIC) ports with a single Flex-IO port, thereby reducing management requirements, number of NICs and interconnect modules needed, and power and operational costs. Only HP has the Virtual Connect technology, which is proprietary to HP. Furthermore, the Integrated Lights-Out is an embedded server management technology exclusive to HP. This unique server management system allows VA System Administrators with one management tool platform to manage all VA's Blade chassis. Any additional component must be compatible and interoperable within the various HP Chassis. Only HP Blade and Storage Array systems can integrate and interface with the existing HP Chassis and already integrated HP server-storage hardware. Using alternative products would compromise VA's virtualization environment. Only HP can meet all of the Government's requirements due to the existence of the current HP servers and storage arrays. Furthermore, the Government does not possess the proprietary technical data and patents for the HP brand name server and storage systems. Without this technical data, no other source has the ability to provide the aforementioned products and warranty support other than HP and their authorized resellers. The HP Blade and Storage Array systems communicate through a source code that is based on HP proprietary data. No other software can provide this communication capability without this source code. Any other brand name system is unable to integrate or support currently fielded HP server and storage solutions partially without reworking and completely replacing the existing HP infrastructure. A move to an alternative storage system and server infrastructure would require costly replacement of the existing entire HP based server and storage infrastructure rather than mere expansion at much reduced costs. Based on historical data, the estimated cost of repurchasing the HP Chassis and SANs for just the PIV Production and Disaster Recovery networks would be $2M. Switching to a new manufacturer would result in a substantial duplication of cost that would not be recovered through competition. Additionally, substantial delays would be incurred that would delay delivery of PIV critical services. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are in the market research section of this document. This effort did not yield any additional sources that can meet the Government's requirements. It was determined, however, that limited competition is viable among authorized resellers for the required brand HP hardware. In accordance with FAR 5.301 and 16.505(b)(2)(ii)(D), this action will be synopsized within 14 days of award on the Federal Business Opportunities Page and the justification will be made publicly available. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: The Government will continue to conduct market research to ascertain if there are changes in the market place that would enable future actions to be competed. 8. Market Research: The Government's technical experts conducted market research from October 2014 through April 2015 by reviewing other similar hardware products. The team conducted research on server and storage systems manufacturers for availability of similar Blade Servers and Storage Array systems. These vendors include Dell, Fujitsu, Toshiba, SuperMicro, Oracle, EMC, IBM/Lenovo and Cisco. Based on reviews of these products, the Government's technical experts determined that none of these products can meet the Government's interoperability and compatibility requirements previously discussed. Additionally, none of these other products can offer the lateral communication of hardware management into the existing VA Enterprise HP architecture throughout VA data centers, which is critical in producing a unified view of all Blade infrastructures status over the network. It was determined that acquiring similar Blade Servers and Storage Array systems from other original equipment manufacturers would require purchasing new compatible infrastructures from same vendor to host them. Nonetheless, the new infrastructure would not be able to communicate with existing VA HP infrastructures and systems creating more problems. Furthermore, VA networking Subject Matter Experts regularly review industry trade publications and conduct internet research to ascertain if other compatible brand name hardware is available. Based on all of these market research efforts, the Government's technical experts have determined that only HP brand name Blade and Storage Array hardware can meet all of VA's needs. In April 2015, additional market research was conducted by the Government by viewing HP's authorized resellers on HP's website to see who could provide the requirement on NASA SEWP V GWAC. There are four vendors in Group B (Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small businesses) that are authorized resellers of HP products and services. Therefore, based on this market research there is an expectation of limited competition among resellers on the NASA SEWP V GWAC for brand name HP Blade server and Storage Array. 9. Other Facts: None.

99--TAC-15-24191 FBCS - NetApp Hardware

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published September 30, 2015
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JUSTIFICATION FOR AN EXCEPTION TO FAIR OPPORTUNITY 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, NJ 07724 2. Description of Action: The proposed action is for a firm-fixed-price delivery order (DO) issued under the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP) V Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). 3. Description of the Supplies or Services: The Office of Information and Technology, Service Delivery and Engineering (SDE), Information Technology Services Management requires the purchase of brand name NetApp storage hardware, software, and associated support services which include warranty, maintenance support services, and installation. The NetApp storage hardware and software shall provide augmentation of storage subsystem capabilities for the converged virtualization infrastructure at SDE Field Operations Regions 1, 2, 3 and 4 Regional Data Processing Centers (RDPC) in support of the Fee Basis Claims System (FBCS). Required maintenance and warranty support includes storage system installation for storage hardware and software, 24x7 remote hardware technical support and targeted response, onsite support, troubleshooting, replacement parts delivery and installation, and software updates. Additionally, installation and integration services are required to ensure the aforementioned items procured under this proposed action are properly integrated into the current infrastructure. These associated support services will ensure that the NetApp storage hardware and software remains operational. The period of performance for warranty and maintenance support services shall be up to 60-months after the DO award date with completion of delivery of storage hardware, software and installation within 120 days after DO award. 4. Statutory Authority: The statutory authority permitting an exception to fair opportunity is Section 41 U.S.C. 4106(c)(2) as implemented by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.505(b)(2)(i)(B), entitled "Only one awardee is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services ordered are unique or highly specialized." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited Above: Based on market research listed below in section 8 of this justification, the Government anticipates limited competition amongst NetApp resellers. The existing RDPC virtualization infrastructure supporting FBCS was built on a NetApp solution and only utilizes NetApp storage hardware and software. Specifically, the current environment consists of NetApp storage solutions comprised of NetApp storage processors, disks, disk shelves, interconnecting hardware, software, and firmware. These solutions were designed and tested by NetApp, as complete systems and require the same Original Equipment Manufacturer storage hardware, software, and support in order to maintain them. Similarly, in order to perform the required expansion of the existing infrastructure, NetApp storage hardware and software are required. The procurement of the required NetApp storage hardware, software, and associated support services will provide SDE with the ability to expand the existing hardware infrastructure, thus allowing for additional storage space required for FBCS to process additional electronic claims. In order for storage hardware to function properly with the existing RDPC infrastructure, only NetApp storage hardware can be used. The only available source for NetApp storage hardware is NetApp or NetApp authorized resellers, due to proprietary restrictions. Only NetApp or one of its authorized resellers have the proprietary rights to access the fundamental elements of the existing storage hardware platforms that are essential for updates and replacement. Purchase of any other brand of storage hardware would cause latency and stability issues to existing systems, which would result in downtime and possible corruption of data. Veterans data and claims could be lost or corrupted, which would cause delays in processing Veteran claims in a timely manner. Additionally, only the procurement of the required NetApp software will allow for interoperability and compatibility with the existing RDPC infrastructure. Due to proprietary software code that each software developer utitizes, no other product can interoperate with VA's current infrastructure, which is comprised of NetApp products. Specifically, no other manufacturer's product, other than NetApp, would be able to communicate with the currently fielded NetApp platform. NetApp owns all proprietary program language and intellectual property of all its software products. There is no support or resale of these products outside of NetApp's authorized resellers. As part of this requirement, VA will also need to procure associated support services to successfully implement the storage hardware and software into the existing environment. Once implemented, associated support services are required to ensure that the procured storage hardware and software components continue to operate efficiently. Only an authorized reseller of NetApp storage hardware and software with access to the NetApp proprietary source code can provide these services. Other manufacturers do not have the proprietary source code and storage hardware replacement parts necessary to provide the required maintenance. Support services performed by parties not authorized by NetApp will invalidate product warranties and remove liability for performance from the manufacturer. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are discussed in section 8 of this justification. This effort did not yield any additional sources that can meet the Government's requirements. It was determined; however, that limited competition is viable among authorized NetApp resellers for the required brand name software, hardware, and associated services. Furthermore, in accordance with FAR 5.301 and 16.505(b)(2)(ii)(D), notice of award of the resulting DO will be synopsized and this justification will be posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website within 14 days of award. Additionally, this justification will be posted to the NASA SEWP V GWAC website along with the solicitation. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: Limited competition for this requirement among NetApp resellers is anticipated. Additionally, the Government will continue to conduct market research to ascertain if there are changes in the marketplace that would enable future actions to be competed. 8. Market Research: In July 2015, the Government's technical experts conducted market research to ascertain the ability of any other source, other than a NetApp or its authorized resellers that can provide the aforementioned storage hardware, software and associated support services. Specifically, the Government's technical experts researched similar solutions from other companies, including FCN Technology, Iron Bow Technologies, LLC., and WorldWide Technology, Inc. Based on technical reviews of these products, the Government's technical experts determined that none of these products can meet the Government's interoperability and compatibility requirements with the existing FBCS storage infrastructure, as previously discussed. Additionally, only NetApp, or its authorized resellers can access the proprietary source code in order to provide the required maintenance support or provide NetApp storage hardware replacement components. Unauthorized maintenance providers do not have access to the proprietary data on the existing NetApp storage hardware to be able to provide the required maintenance for storage system installation for storage hardware and software, 24x7 remote hardware technical support and targeted response, onsite support, troubleshooting, replacement parts delivery and installation, and software updates. Additional research was also conducted by the Contract Specialist in August 2015 utilizing the NASA SEWP Provider Lookup Tool. Based on this research it was found that there are multiple resellers that can provide the required storage hardware, software, and warranty and maintenance services; therefore, limited competition is anticipated at the reseller level. 9. Other Facts: As a result of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act legislation of 2014 that allows Veterans to obtain approved care in their community by local health care providers, VA experienced a significant increase in the number of claims submitted. Veteran's Health Administration utilizes the FBCS which streamlines the processing of VA claims and provides strategic insight that can help guide the decisions of non-VA care. FBCS is a software solution that simplifies the administration and tracking of claims and automates the entire claims process from authorization to payment determination. In order to address the immediate need for additional storage to process electronic claims, and avoid the risk of disruption of service to its existing customers, SDE needs to immediately expand its current storage environment supporting FBCS.

D--CareFusion Pyxis Software Applications Services

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published September 18, 2015  -  Deadline September 23, 2015
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Acquisition Operations (OAO), Technology Acquisition Center (TAC), located at 23 Christopher Way, Eatontown, New Jersey, intends to enter into a contract on a basis of other than full and open competition with CareFusion Solution, LLC, 3750 Torrey View Court, San Diego California, 92130-2622. The Contractor shall provide CareFusion Pyxis® software implementation, training, and software maintenance in support of the Bar Code Expansion (BCE) Positive Patient Identification (PPI) project. The goal of the BCE-PPI project is to utilize bar code scanning technology in a wired and wireless environment to positively identify patients at the point of care. This project will enhance the quality of medical care, improve quality control, and decrease the number of adverse events due to patient misidentification. In 2005, the Veterans Health Administration purchased an enterprise unlimited user license for the following CareFusion Pyxis® software in support of the BCE-PPI project: a. CareFusion Pyxis® Med Administration Verification (wMA), which extends BCMA functionality to a handheld device; b. CareFusion Pyxis® NDC, which allows the clinician to collect vital signs data by use of a handheld device; and c. CareFusion Pyxis® TV Administration, which documents the administration of blood transfusions and matches the administration of the transfusion to the correct patient. The statutory authority permitting an other than full and open competition is 41 U.S.C.3304(a)(1) as implemented by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 6.302-1 entitled, "Only One Responsible Source and No Other Supplies or Services Will Satisfy Agency Requirements." For proprietary reasons, only CareFusion can provide the required services for its software. The North American Industrial Classification (NAICS) for this effort is 541519. The estimated date of award for this action is September 25 2015. This notice does not in itself represent the issuance of a formal request for proposal/quote and is not intended to be taken as such. This notification shall close on September 23, 2014. Questions/responses shall be submitted via e-mail to Contract Specialist, Angel Santos, e-mail: Angel Santos2@va.gov, with the subject line as the synopsis number, VA118-15-R-0496. The Points of Contact (POCs) for this action are Angel Santos, Contract Specialist, 732-440-9647or Robert Kately, Contracting Officer, 732-440-9681.

D--Biomed Vblock Storage Augmentation

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published June 14, 2016
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JUSTIFICATION FOR AN EXCEPTION TO FAIR OPPORTUNITY 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, New Jersey 07724 2. Description of Action: The proposed action is for a firm-fixed price delivery order to be issued under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). 3. Description of the Supplies or Services: The proposed action is to provide storage which includes 12 months of associated maintenance for eight existing brand name Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) vBlock 340 systems at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 8. The Contractor shall provide six small site configurations and two large site configurations for eight VCE vBlocks. This system is host for over 300 virtual machines and expansion to additional systems (e.g. Sleep Lap, Cardiology Picture Archiving Communications System, etc.) is required. The Contractor shall deliver one storage system consisting of eight vBlocks and all associated hardware 60 days from the date of contract award. All installations, setup, and configurations of the Storage System shall be completed 90 days from the date of contract award. Maintenance of the hardware includes a 24x7 onsite service commitment with a response time of four hours and technical phone support 24x7x365. The total estimated price of the proposed action is 4. Statutory Authority: The statutory authority permitting an exception to fair opportunity is 41 U.S.C. 4106(c)(2) as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.505(b)(2)(i)(B) entitled, "Only one awardee is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services ordered are unique or highly specialized." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited Above: Based on the market research, as described in section 8 of this justification, it was determined that limited competition is viable among authorized resellers for storage for brand name VCE vBlock340 systems. Brand name Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) vBlock 340 equipment is already in place in VISN 8 for biomedical engineering. VCE is the only brand that can meet all VA's technical requirements to include interoperability and compatibility of existing VCE storage infrastructure. Specifically, VCE storage is the only product capable of providing additional Disk Storage Arrays (DAE) which are fully compatible with the existing storage systems, data mover enclosures, disk-array enclosures and control stations. System connectors from other manufacturers are not are physically compatible and won't work with the current existing storage system. No other product will provide storage array shelves that will be operational with the current storage systems back end. Therefore, no other solution is interoperable or compatible with the existing VCE storage arrays installed at VA medical centers. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are in the market research section of this document. In accordance with FAR 5.301 and 16.505(b)(2)(ii)(D), the resulting contract award will be announced on the Federal Business Opportunities Page, and this Justification for an Exception to Fair Opportunity will be made publicly available since the estimated value of this action is more than $150,000. This Justification for an Exception to Fair Opportunity will be posted on the NASA SEWP V website with the solicitation. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: In order to remove or overcome barriers to competition in future acquisitions for this requirement, the Government will continue to perform market research to determine if there are any new maintenance services and systems available that will enable future requirements to be competed. 8. Market Research: The Government's technical experts conducted market research in February 2016 by reviewing other similar storage hardware products, to include those provided by EMC Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM), Hewlett Packard, NetApp and Dell. The market research, which was conducted by a review of industry websites, discussions with third party contractors, and analysis of storage array product offerings, demonstrated that other Original Equipment Manufacturers do not provide DAEs that are technically compatible with the existing VCE infrastructure. Based on the market research conducted, the Government's technical experts determined that no other vendor can provide the storage array enclosure for the existing VCE 5400 storage systems as the researched NetApp and Dell enclosures were not technically compatible with the VCE hardware systems. Additionally, in April 2016, the Contract Specialist conducted market research to ascertain the extent of limited competition among resellers. Through use of the Provider Look-up tool on the NASA SEWP V GWAC website, numerous resellers of the required VCE storage for vBlock 340 systems were identified that could possibly meet VA's needs. Therefore limited competition is anticipated. 9. Other Facts: None

R--Dell Change Auditor Licenses

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published June 6, 2016
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JUSTIFICATION FOR AN EXCEPTION TO FAIR OPPORTUNITY 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, New Jersey 07724 2. Description of Action: The proposed action is for a firm-fixed-price delivery order issued under the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP) V Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) for Dell ChangeAuditor software licenses which includes twelve months of maintenance. 3. Description of the Supplies or Services: VA, Office of Information and Technology (OI&T), Service Delivery and Engineering, Enterprise Systems Engineering has a requirement to procure an additional 25,050 Dell ChangeAuditor software licenses to support the Microsoft Active Directory (AD) environment managed in VA domain controller hardware. VA is required, upon request, to provide information to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to aid in audits and investigations. Information is gathered, in part, by using the Dell ChangeAuditor software in conjunction with the Microsoft AD. VA has a requirement to increase the license count for its existing license install base. VA currently owns 400,000 licenses of Dell ChangeAuditor for Active Directory (part number QCA-NPO-PB) and other products will not interoperate properly with the VA's current infrastructure. Therefore an increased quantity of 25,050 is required. The software licenses are installed on servers within the VA enterprise supporting Microsoft AD. Dell ChangeAuditor for AD is an auditing tool that tracks, reports and provides alerts of configuration changes to the Microsoft AD in real time. This information is used to comply with auditing requirements and that information would not otherwise be available if using other software tools. Without purchasing additional licenses of the existing Dell ChangeAuditor software, or providing maintenance support for the existing licenses, VA will not meet OI&T auditing requirements or be positioned to provide critical information when requested by the OIG. Required maintenance support includes software upgrades, troubleshooting, break-fix repair and technical support. The maintenance ensures the software remains operational throughout its use. The period of performance shall be 12 months from date of contract award. The total estimated price for the proposed action is 4. Statutory Authority: The statutory authority permitting an exception to fair opportunity is 41 U.S.C. 4106(c)(2) as implemented by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.505(b)(2)(i)(B) entitled, "Only one awardee is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services ordered are unique or highly specialized." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited Above: Dell or its authorized resellers are the only sources that can provide the required licenses and maintenance requirements for Dell ChangeAuditor for AD software. No other source is capable of providing the required licenses, as only Dell or its authorized resellers possess the proprietary technical data for the ChangeAuditor software. This technical data allows source code level access to the fundamental elements of the software which is essential for technical support, software version control, and updates. VA has over 400,000 Dell ChangeAuditor for AD software licenses, and it is critical to OI&T that the aforementioned software licenses are maintained and updated. ChangeAuditor does correlation between the change and the user granting or removing privileges in which other built-in or VA owned tools do not provide. Failure to acquire additional licenses would prevent the required monitoring, auditing and reporting on events in the AD. Additionally, no other brand of software would be able to interoperate with the current installation base which is comprised of Dell ChangeAuditor for AD software. Due to the Dell proprietary source code that is required to interoperate with the existing ChangeAuditor infrastructure and install base, no other software product is interoperable or compatible with the currently fielded ChangeAuditor infrastructure. Specifically, software, other than the Dell ChangeAuditor software, would not communicate with the existing infrastructure, which is critical to meet VA's needs. Likewise, VA has functional requirements that no other brand name software can meet other than the Dell ChangeAuditor Software. Specifically, VA requires that the auditing software provide database archiving. No other auditing software can provide this functionality. Additionally, VA has a requirement that any auditing software used in its current infrastructure block access to the windows security logs to any individual without privileges to those logs. No other software can provide this functionality. There are other AD auditing software products which were looked into and tested (AD Audit and Netwrix), however, these products/companies had defiencies. Both software's relied heavily on built-in Windows security logs which unacceptably permit any users with admin privileges to clear the logs. Accordingly, VA will not have sufficient data to provide audit reports for objects that have been deleted/modified and changes for user account or group, etc. Next, neither vendor's software supported database archiving which is required per VA 6500 compliance. Only Dell Change Auditor supports this option. Dell ChangeAuditor collects and stores data locally before all logs are shipped to the central database, where as other vendors collect Windows and application logs to monitor AD. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are in the market research section of this document. In accordance with FAR 5.301 and 16.505(b)(2)(ii)(D) the resulting contract award will be announced on the Federal Business Opportunities Page and this Justification for an Exception to Fair Opportunity will be made publicly available. In addition, this Justification for an Exception to Fair Opportunity will be posted on the NASA SEWP V website with the solicitation. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: In order to remove or overcome barriers to competition in future acquisitions for this requirement, the Government will continue to perform market research to determine if there are any new products or maintenance services available that will enable future requirements to be competed. 8. Market Research: Market research was conducted in March 2016 to determine whether any other source can provide the software or maintenance support for the existing Dell ChangeAuditor licenses required to meet the Government's need. The Government's technical experts researched maintenance support service plans and software offered by similar providers such as Manage Engine (AdAudit Plus), Netwrix (AD Auditor), and BeyondTrust (AD Auditing) to see if any were capable of meeting the Government's software functional requirements. Market research determined that although these companies and their software products could provide similar maintenance support for their competing products, they could not access proprietary Dell ChangeAuditor for AD software required to provide the necessary maintenance services. Only Dell and its authorized resellers have access to the proprietary technical data for the existing Dell ChangeAuditor perpetual licenses to provide maintenance and support the AD environment. In addition, the Government's technical experts reviewed similar software from Manage Engine (AdAudit Plus), Netwrix (AD Auditor), and BeyondTrust (AD Auditing). After reviewing these other software products, the Government's technical experts determined that none of these items could meet VA's need due to the interoperability and compatibility requirements discussed in paragraph 5 of this justification. ChangeAuditor tracks and audits events without the Windows event IDs and stores all information within its own separate database unlike any other product currently on the market. This allows VA to comply with all the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), Federal Information Security Management Act, and National Institute of Standards and Technology 800-53 revision 4. This review was conducted in March 2016 and the results of which confirms that no other software can meet VA's functional requirements; specifically database archiving and security log access as discussed in paragraph five of this justification and provide the maintenance 9. Other Facts: None.

99--TAC-15-21578 (CA CMDB) Computer Associates Configuration Management Database

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published September 30, 2015
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JUSTIFICATION FOR AN EXCEPTION TO FAIR OPPORTUNITY 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, New Jersey 07724 2. Description of Action: This proposed action is for a limited competition, Firm-Fixed-Price Delivery Order (DO) issued under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise Wise Procurement (SEWP) V Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) for the procurement of brand name Computer Associates Technologies Inc. (CA) Configuration Management Database (CMDB) solution, consisting of CA products including CA Asset Portfolio Management (APM), CA Xtraction, and CA Process Automation (PA) and associated professional services. 3. Description of Supplies or Services: The proposed action is to acquire a comprehensive CA CMDB solution for the VA Network Security Operations Center (VA NSOC). This centralized CA CMDB solution will serve as the unified database for the VA NSOC to record work order trouble tickets and asset configuration management information. This proposed acquisition will consist of the following requirements for software licenses and professional services: a. Software Licenses: Software and perpetual licensing to operate the CA CMDB solution. The software products include CA APM, CA Xtraction and CA PA products. b. Professional Services: Services to support the CA CMDB initial design and configuration, test lab environment implementation, production implementation efforts, and Continental United States based warranty, maintenance, patch, upgrade, and troubleshooting phone support on a 24x7x365 basis. These professional services will ensure the CA CMDB solution will remain operational. The period of performance consists of a base period of 12-months from date of award and two 12-month option periods for continued maintenance support of the CMDB solution. 4. Statutory Authority: The statutory authority permitting an exception to fair opportunity is Section 41 U.S.C. 4106(C)(2) as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.505(b)(2)(i)(B) entitled, "Only one awardee is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services ordered are unique or highly specialized." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited Above: Based on extensive market research as described in paragraph eight of this document, it was determined that limited competition is viable among NASA SEWP resellers for this CA brand name requirement. This is a brand name justification in support of FAR 11.105, Items Peculiar to One Manufacturer. Only the CA's APM, CA Xtraction and CA PA products can meet all of VA's requirements for an integrated CMDB solution, specifically compatibility and interoperability with the existing infrastructure. CA products are the only products able to integrate with the proprietary code used by VA's currently deployed National Service Desk (NSD) production CA CMDB environment to provide seamless trouble ticket tracking and configuration management. There are no other software products currently available in the marketplace that can integrate CA's proprietary products and code used by the NSD. If VA were to procure a CMDB solution other than CA it would not communicate with the existing NSD trouble ticketing system and developed configurations designed to support VA, and would require significant re-configuration efforts, which would exponentially increase and duplicate efforts and costs for VA. Finally only CA or its authorized resellers can provide the professional services required by VA. Any other source other than CA, or its authorized resellers, would need access to CA proprietary data in order to understand the interworkings of the software at a level required to properly design, configure and implement the required CA CMDB solution. Failure to acquire the aforementioned CA products would result in the NOSC's inability to properly track and triage customer issue and manage assets across the enterprise. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are discussed in the market research section of this document. This effort did not yield any additional sources that can meet the Government's requirements. It was determined; however, that limited competition is viable among authorized CA resellers for the required brand name software and associated professional services. Furthermore, in accordance with FAR 5.301 and 16.505(b)(2)(ii)(D), notice of award of the resulting order will be synopsized and this Justification will be posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Page within 14 days of award. Additionally, this Justification will be posted to the NASA SEWP V GWAC website along with the solicitation. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: The Government will continue to conduct market research to ascertain if there are changes in the marketplace that would enable future actions to be competed. 8. Market Research: In February of 2015, the Government's technical experts conducted market research by reviewing other similar software providers. In particular, the technical experts looked at Remedy software which has been in use for several years in VA. While this tool provides similar functionality, it cannot interface with the NSD CA stand-alone tool for tracking trouble tickets, nor can it access or interoperate with the proprietary CA software code which is required to integrate with the existing infrastructure. This market research is an ongoing process which started in 2013 and is continuously being conducted. VA network engineering subject matter experts regularly review industry trade publications and conduct internet research to determine if any other brand name software is available to meet NSOC requirements. Based on this review, the technical experts determined that only CA products can meet the Government's interoperability and compatibility requirements previously discussed, including integration with the NSD tool, which is critical to ensure compatibility with existing trouble ticket and configuration management systems. The Contract Specialist conducted additional market research in May 2015 by utilizing the NASA SEWP V GWAC Provider Look-up tool. It was determined that there are at least four prospective Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) GWAC holders that are resellers of CA products that meet the requirements of this acquisition and therefore limited competition is expected. 9. Other Facts: In late 2010 the consolidated Tier One NSD was established with the intention of realigning 12 existing service desk organizations within the Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) under a single, virtual Service Desk. In January 2013 the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology issued a memo titled "Selection of Single Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) Suite," which stated that CA Service Desk Manager was selected as the single ITSM tool. The NSD provides Tier One trouble ticketing support for VA NSOC. This support is intended to continue using the NSD Service Desk Manager tool to create and transfer tickets to the VA NSOC.

R--TAC-OIT Office Services Solution via Hoteling Seats and Services

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published July 28, 2015  -  Deadline September 1, 2015
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Acquisition Operations (OAO), Technology Acquisition Center (TAC) and the Office of Information and Technology (OIT), intend to enter into a firm-fixed price contract on the basis of other than full and open competition for hoteling seats and services in the Eatontown, New Jersey (NJ) area to Metro Offices, 11710 Plaza America Drive, Reston, Virginia 20190. The statutory authority permitting other than full and open competition is 41 U.S.C. 3304(a)(1) as implemented by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 6.302-1 entitled, "Only One Responsible Source and No Other Supplies or Services Will Satisfy Agency Requirements." Metro Offices is the only source that has the required amount of hoteling seats and services in the Eatontown, NJ area and in the time required. The period of performance will be a twelve month base period and four six-month option periods. Commercial acquisition procedures will be utilized in accordance with FAR Part 12. "Hoteling" type office services or business center arrangements are commonplace in the commercial market. Office space, all ancillary services (reception, mail delivery), and furnishings are provided so that companies can perform normal work functions. This type of arrangement is found in large cities where off site "virtual offices" are often required for such tasks as attorney document review, litigation, proposal preparation and so forth. Such contracts do not involve lease or tenancy rights normally found in standard commercial lease terms and conditions. Typically, hoteling contracts state something similar to: "This agreement is the commercial equivalent of an agreement for accommodation(s) in a hotel. The whole of the Center remains in possession and control. The client accepts that this agreement creates no tenancy interest, leasehold estate, or other real property interest in the clients favor with respect to the accommodations. The client is being provided the right to share the use of the center…" The TAC currently has a contract for hoteling type seats and services with Metro Offices at their Eatontown, NJ locations. A total of 275 hoteling seats and corresponding services are needed to accommodate current TAC and OIT employees and an additional 33 optional seats are planned to accommodate future growth. Also required is the use of various conference rooms, training rooms, storage rooms, source selection rooms, a computer technical support room, and other similar rooms/areas necessary for the effective and efficient operation of an acquisition based organization and its customers and support staff. The estimated award date of the contract is December 15, 2015. In addition, the hoteling seats and services provided shall include, but not be limited to the following: a. Contiguous space either in private offices, cubicles or shared offices. A campus setting is permitted as long as the buildings are contiguous to one another and within a short walking distance. b. Appropriate furnishings necessary for the office environment such as a desk, filing cabinets, trash receptacle, chair, guest chair and so forth such as one would find in a modern office setting of new condition and with appropriate form, fit and function. Work spaces must have the ability to be secured by lock and key. This includes office doors, desk and cubicle pedestals, and other areas of the work space requiring such. c. The space, furnishings, and amenities and appearance shall facilitate a professional office and working environment. d. Space offered must be in a quality building of sound and substantial construction meeting the TAC's requirements for the intended use. e. The Contractor shall provide floor plans for the offered space and a valid Certificate of Occupancy for the intended use and shall meet, maintain, and operate the building in conformance with all applicable current codes and ordinances. f. The space shall meet the applicable egress requirements in National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) or the International Code Council, International Building Code (IBC), (both current as of the contract award date). Any offered space, including parking garage areas, and all areas referred to as "hazardous areas" (defined in NFPA 101) within the entire building (including non-Government areas), shall be protected by an automatic sprinkler system or an equivalent level of safety. The space shall meet applicable fire alarm system requirements; installed in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, that was in effect on the actual date of installation. The fire alarm system shall be maintained in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. g. The Building and the space shall be accessible to persons with disabilities in accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard (ABAAS) h. The office area shall be free of all asbestos containing materials, except undamaged asbestos flooring in the space or undamaged boiler or pipe insulation outside the space, in which case an asbestos management program conforming to Environmental Protection Agency guidance shall be implemented. The space shall be free of other hazardous materials and in compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local environmental laws and regulations. i. Services, utilities, and maintenance will be provided daily, extending from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays. The Government shall have access to the provided space at all times, including the use of electrical services, toilets, lights, elevators, and Government office machines without additional payment. j. The ability to co-locate a secure server in the communications room of the facility where the office services are provided. Internet access is immediately required with sufficient bandwidth to support the number of personnel located in the facility in which the services are provided. k. The normal environmental services shall be provided inclusive of the normal per person pricing for the service and include at a minimum: heat, electricity, power, water (hot and cold), snow removal, daily trash removal and janitorial, chilled drinking water, air conditioning, toilet supplies and sufficient restroom facilities, elevator service sufficient for the staff, lighting and replacement of lamps, tubes, and ballasts, window washing and carpet cleaning. l. Common areas sufficient for the proffered solution including lunch and break areas, and conference and training space appropriate for the number of personnel at the location. m. The service shall include a onetime set up fee for each individual work location for each person (telephone set up, mail service, and so forth). n. Per person services for each work station shall include: modern digital multiline phone set with voice mail and call forwarding; internet access and wireless guest network; unlimited local and long distance phone calls. o. Reception Services between 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday except Government Holidays. p. Mail Receipt and Handling q. 24/7 building/office access r. Dedicated Conference Rooms (servicing 12 to 15 persons comfortably) taking into consideration the number of hoteling seats and personnel being contracted. s. IT and Office services support during regular business hours for all contractor provided equipment. t. Audio and web conferencing access. u. Administrative Assistance v. Copier and fax services. This notice of intent is not a request for competitive proposals. However, all responsible sources may submit a capability statement or proposal which shall be considered by VA. Any information received will normally be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct a competitive procurement. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed contract lies solely within the discretion of the Government. The Points of Contact (POCs) for this action are Joanne DeFazio, Contract Specialist, joanne.defazio@va.gov and John Adamitis, Contracting Officer, john.adamitis@va.gov.

D--ISS Premium Maintenance

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published June 8, 2015
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JUSTIFICATION FOR AN EXCEPTION TO FAIR OPPORTUNITY 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, New Jersey 07724 2. Description of Action: The proposed action will limit competition for the brand name award of a firm-fixed price delivery order issued under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP) IV Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). Limited competition is expected due to the availability of authorized resellers for the renewal of the required International Business Machines software licenses and maintenance support services. 3. Description of the Supplies or Services: VA, Office of Information and Technology, Office of Information Security, Network Security Operations Center (NSOC) requires the renewal of 70 software licenses and Premium Maintenance Support Services supporting existing VA-owned IBM Intrusion prevention appliances. This service is required to protect VA's Enterprise Information Infrastructure from threats and attacks. VA is required by federal mandate and VA Directive 6500 to protect the network from intrusion attacks. IBM Intrusion prevention appliances are installed to detect suspicious network activity at the perimeter by monitoring network traffic for attacks from known and suspected sources. Maintenance of its software ensures these appliances function properly to identify threats and attacks. Intrusion prevention appliances also share information with other Information Technology (IT) security equipment so if one device discovers a new type of attack, other devices can learn of this suspicious activity in advance from other Intrusion prevention appliances and take action against these new attacks and threats. The updates provided by the required maintenance support services include files and proprietary software that VA staff installs on the Intrusion prevention appliances when new attacks are discovered by a federal department or participating agency. IBM also provides periodic updates that identify potential attacks and threats. These software updates developed by IBM engineers either improve the efficiency of the appliance and/or add rule sets to the appliance. Rule sets are specific proprietary code written specifically for these appliances that directs the appliance to take a particular action based on a predetermined series of events. IBM Premium maintenance services provides VA with access to IBM support services that includes 10 designated customer representatives that VA can contact for immediate response to issues, concerns, and to address new types of attacks. These designated Premium Support Engineers provide VA with remote support installing updates and configuring the Intrusion System appliances to work efficiently and effectively within VA's Enterprise Information Infrastructure. Product updates and enhancements, security updates, advisories, and alerts are of value to VA because they come from across the information security industry and are resources not available to a single Government agency but the combined effort of all Government agencies and IBM support staff. Access to product and technical experts via 24/7 telephone-based technical support; 24x7x365 telephone and online incident support, escalation processes, X-Force Threat, and Vulnerability Database which provides the NSOC with the latest information on threats and attacks and helps VA prioritize responses to remediate incidents. Maintenance support also provides VA two onsite optimization reviews per year. These optimization reviews help VA technical staff fine tune the intrusion systems appliances to work efficiently within VA's Enterprise Information Environment and help VA information security staff configure the Intrusion System appliances to integrate with VA infrastructure. Intrusion appliances must look at all network traffic and in doing so can degrade or slow network performance. IBM engineers will optimize devices to ensure any network traffic delays are minimized based on the particular architecture. The period of performance for this effort will be 12 months with two 12 month option periods. The total estimated value of the proposed action is 4. Statutory Authority: The statutory authority permitting an exception to fair opportunity is 41 U.S.C. 4106(c)(2) as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.505(b)(2)(i)(B) entitled, "Only one awardee is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services ordered are unique or highly specialized." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited Above: This is a brand name justification in accordance with FAR 11.105, Items Peculiar to One Manufacturer. The proposed source for this action is IBM, 6710 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20817. IBM Intrusion prevention appliances are owned and currently used by the VA NSOC. The appliances require software security updates and maintenance to ensure they continue to identify and stop known and unknown attacks. The software is written in proprietary language; therefore no other source can provide software updates for these IBM appliances. The function of these appliances requires knowledgeable, trained staff to support VA NSOC IT security personnel. The dynamic, learning design of these appliances requires communication between VA and IBM to identify and address suspicious events that require evaluation. Only IBM possesses experts trained in the use and configuration of the Intrusion Preventions appliances. VA requires this support to ensure network threats are prevented, suspicious activity is analyzed and categorized and that as VA's Information Technology Infrastructure changes, VA personnel have the support to configure, test, and validate the effectiveness of the protection provided by these appliances in this dynamic environment. Only IBM provides the aforementioned security updates and support. Using any other services provider would create a lapse of network intrusion protection and place VA's Information Systems resources and data at risk. This would put VA in temporary non-compliance with the Office of Management and Budget and Department of Homeland Security Trusted Internet Connection initiative entitled Critical Capabilities and VA Directive 6500, Information Security Program. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are in the market research section of this document. In accordance with FAR 5.301 the resulting contract award will be synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities Page. Additionally in accordace with FAR 16.505(a)(4)(iii)(A)(2) this Justification for an Exception to Fair Opportunity along with any supporting documentation and the solicitation will be provided to all contract awardees on the NASA SEWP IV GWAC. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: The Government will continue to conduct market research to ascertain if there are changes in the marketplace that would enable future actions to be competed. 8. Market Research: The Government's technical experts conducted market research in February 2015 on NASA SEWP IV by contacting vendors offering maintenance and updates for Intrustion prevention appliances. Though multiple providers such as Dell, FCN Inc., and Merlin International offered maintenance and updates for other Intrustion prevention appliances, it was determined that only IBM can provide maintenance and updates to the existing VA-owned IBM Intrusion prevention appliances due to the proprietary software code. Maintenance and updates for these intrusion appliances contain intellectual property of IBM. Therefore, only IBM provides support for the software running on these appliances and no authorized reseller is available to compete for this effort. Based on this market research, the Government's technical experts concluded that only the Original Equipment Manufacturer IBM can meet all of VA's requirements. 9. Other Facts: The time required to design, test, and procure an equivalent system with VA's Information Technology Infrastructure would require 18-36 months based on similar work performed by IT engineers and consultants.

D--TAC-16-34494_Personal Identification Verification (PIV) F5 BIG-IP Load Balancers Hardware Augmentation

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published July 19, 2016
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JUSTIFICATION FOR AN EXCEPTION TO FAIR OPPORTUNITY 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center (TAC) 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, NJ 07724 2. Description of Action: This proposed action is for a firm fixed price task order to be issued under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) IV Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) for brand name F5 Networks hardware, hardware maintenance support, software licenses and installation support. 3. Description of Supplies or Services: The proposed action is to provide VA Office of Information and Technology, Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Program, four brand name F5 Networks BIG-IP 5250v series hardware and six F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) load balancers with extended hardware maintenance support, six software licenses and installation support for the lifecycle refreshment of the PIV F5 BIG-IP infrastructure. The existing PIV F5 BIG-IP 6400 and 6900 load balancer hardware are near their end of life, end of sale, and end of support in the VA PIV Production environment located at Martinsburg, West Virginia and the PIV Disaster Recovery environment located at Hines, Illinois. The Virtual Edition series hardware will be used in PIV non-production environments to test and evaluate updates and upgrades to the F5 infrastructure and the PIV System. F5 network products provide traffic management on local and global levels across the VA enterprise network. This procurement expands and refreshes existing F5 BIG-IP infrastructures in PIV environments. All PIV's legacy F5 BIG-IP hardware on VA networks must be migrated to supported platforms before December 2016, which is the F5 maintenance support expiration date. The hardware maintenance support consists of 24/7 telephone and email support, hardware updates, patches and defect support, including maintenance coverage to repair or replace system equipment components that restore full operation and accessibility within 48 hours. F5 products without maintenance support cannot receive new software patches and essential vulnerability updates which poses a significant security threat to the VA PIV systems and data. Legacy F5 BIG-IP hardware can significantly reduce efficiency and pose unnecessary risks to PIV's operations. Therefore, this effort is necessary to sustain PIV operations and ensure optimum PIV service delivery. All hardware, software and accessories shall be delivered 30 days after receipt of order and installation shall be performed within 60 calendar days of delivery. Maintenance support will commence upon Government acceptance of hardware and software for a period of 12 months 4. Statutory Authority: The statutory authority permitting this exception to fair opportunity is Section 41 U.S.C. 4106(c)(2) as implemented by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.505(b)(2)(I)(B), entitled "Only one awardee is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services ordered are unique or highly specialized." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited Above: Based on extensive market research, as described in Section 8 of this Justification, it was determined that limited competition is viable among authorized resellers for the brand name F5 Networks hardware, hardware maintenance support, software licenses and installation support. The current PIV program integrates/interoperates with existing VA owned F5 Networks infrastructures and requires compatibility with existing infrastructure protocols and functionality for continued operational availability. Only F5 Networks load balancer hardware and software licenses are compatible with VA's existing integrated solution currently in place. Therefore, only F5 Networks or an authorized reseller can provide the required hardware and software because only F5 Networks load balancers include the necessary proprietary technology/source code required to work with VA's existing F5 Networks BIG-IP infrastructure. Specifically, the F5 Networks devices communicate using source code that is based on F5 proprietary firmware data. No other software can provide this communication capability without the F5 Networks source code. The use of any other load balancers will severely degrade the ability to support and manage the existing F5 capability which will result in interoperability and compatibility issues. Any load balancer solution from other vendors would require extensive and complex redesign, development and integration of a new VA enterprise-wide load balancer solution. Additionally, any alternate solution from any other vendor would require redeveloping a proprietary load balancer infrastructure working through the cradle-to grave system development life cycle for the PIV program. VA technical experts estimate that the cost of re-developing and switching to an alternate solution would exceed $15 million in duplicated costs, not including the cost of training and annual maintenance support subscription. This is based on previous efforts. Additionally, VA requires hardware maintenance support to include 24/7 telephone and email support, hardware updates, patches and defect support including maintenance coverage to repair or replace system equipment components that restore full operation and accessibility within 48 hours. Only F5 Networks or an authorized reseller can provide the necessary hardware updates, patches and defect support, because of the proprietary source code required to develop and implement software updates. Also only F5 Networks or an authorized reseller can provide the required services since access to the code is required to ensure the hardware and software is properly configured. No other source is capable of providing the required services that meets VA's unique functional requirements. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are in the market research section of this document. It was determined that limited competition is viable among authorized resellers for this brand name hardware maintenance. In accordance with FAR 5.301 and 16.505(b)(2)(ii)(D), this action will be synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities Page and the Justification will be made publicly available within 14 days after award. Additionally, in accordance with FAR 16.505(a)(4)(iii)(A) this Justification will be submitted to all applicable NASA SEWP 7. Actions to Increase Competition: In order to remove or overcome barriers to competition in future acquisitions for this requirement, the Government will continue to conduct market research to identify vendors that are able to provide plug and play architecture to use alternate load balancers to seamlessly integrate into exiting PIV system to ascertain if there are changes in the marketplace that would enable future actions be competed. 8. Market Research: The Government's technical experts conducted market research in January 2016 via internet research and reviewing industry publications to ascertain if there are other load balancer manufacturers capable of providing similar F5 BIG-IP capabilities that meet VA requirements. The market research revealed that Cisco, Citrix, Barracuda, Kemp Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, International Business Machines, Ecessa, Coyota and Array offer similar traffic management products for large internal/external regionally distributed networks; however, these manufactures cannot meet VA's needs as their products and designs could not augment or integrate with the existing VA F5 infrastructure. The current F5 Networks load balancers are uniquely integrated into PIV environment's infrastructure with F5 proprietary software and firmware. Only the F5 Networks load balancers can provide interoperability and compatibility with the current PIV System infrastructure. The current PIV System is the System of Systems (SoS) consists of several subsystems integrated together and it interfaces with is and interoperable/compatible with only F5 Networks load balancer solution due to proprietary F5 software source code which is compatible with the existing VA PIV integrated SoS. No other load balancers, other than F5 Networks load balancer, can replace the existing F5 integrated infrastructure within the PIV System without a complete redesign of integrated PIV system. Any alternate solution from another vendor would be a cost prohibitive and high risk alternative as it would require redeveloping a PIV solution working through a cradle-to-grave software development life cycle with any new Load balancers software and hardware solution. In addition, it will take a year to complete the redesign and integration which would require a substantial dollar amount of new investment. The current system would still need to be up and available while redesigning the new system resulting in unnecessary duplication of costs and possible system downtime and/or loss or degradation of data as the PIV system migrates to any alternative load balancers solution. Based on this market research, VA technical experts determined that only F5 Networks BIG-IP product series can meet all of VA's needs. The TAC conducted additional market research in April 2016 utilizing the Provider Lookup Tool on the NASA SEWP V GWAC website, which found a total of 104 re-sellers, of which 15 were Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) GWAC, contract holders that can provide brand name F5 Networks hardware and associated hardware maintenance. 9. Other Facts: None

D--Geospatial Information System (GIS) Healthcare Enterprise Service and Support Agreement (GHESS)

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published December 1, 2015
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On November 27, 2015, the Technology Acquisition Center awarded Delivery Order VA118-16-F-0797 under the terms and conditions of General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 70 Contract GS-35F-253CA with Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (Esri), located at 380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92373. Esri will be providing Geospatial Information System (GIS) Healthcare Enterprise Service and Support Enterprise License Agreement that will provide various Esri ArcGIS software, cloud services, data, and support services in order to support the goal of creating a GIS shared services. The period of performance for shall be from December 1, 2015 to November 30, 2016, plus four option years, if exercised. The total order value is $2,633,780.00. ? JUSTIFICATION FOR OTHER THAN FULL AND OPEN COMPETITION 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, NJ 07724 2. Description of Action: The proposed action is for a sole source firm-fixed-price contract with Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (Esri) located at 380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92373. 3. Description of Supplies or Services: VA, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Services (10P) requires a Geospatial Information System (GIS) Healthcare Enterprise Service and Support (GHESS) Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) that will provide various Esri ArcGIS software, cloud services, data, and support services in order to support the goal of creating a GIS shared services platform across multiple disparate offices of 10P. The offices of 10P include Policy and Planning, Informatics and Analytics, Public Health, Office of Health Information, Patient Care Services, Research and Development, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Ethics. This will enable multiple offices that are responsible for planning healthcare initiatives, as well as policy makers, access to a uniform platform that is non-variable by providing a consistent infrastructure for geo-spatial data development, analysis, cartographic products and access to web services. This enables VA to focus policies and planning to increase access for Veterans, especially those geographically dispersed from VA medical centers and clinics. Esri has the only Geospatial Information System software that has the enterprise capabilities needed to support this level of activity and to allow those with the expertise to participate in this type of analysis. With the GHESS ELA, VA will have an unlimited user license to deploy and share software and cloud services. Software and cloud services include the ArcGIS software suite of products such as ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server, Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online for Organizations Account, ArcGIS Online for Organizations Users, ArcGIS Online for Organizations Credits, Software Media Kit, and Community Analyst. Additional services include Esri's Enterprise Advantage Program, Right to Call Staff support, Home Use Program, and Street-Map Premium Advanced, US Data Only, Navteq version subscription. Furthermore, 10P offices will have access to two software as a service portals capable of supporting simultaneous users and a portal maintained on Planning Systems Support Group (PSSG) servers, Tier 2 helpdesk support, and all training offered through Esri's online training library. An option for an additional copy of StreetMap mapping data is also included. Once exercised, this data shall be supported for the duration of the contract, including options. The period of performance shall be November 1, 2015 through October 31, 2016, plus four 12-month option years for continued use and maintenance of GHESS ELA products, if exercised. 4. Statutory Authority: The statutory authority permitting other than full and open competition is 41 U.S.C.3304(a)(1) as implemented by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.302-1 entitled, "Only One Responsible Source and No Other Supplies or Services Will Satisfy Agency Requirements." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited Above: VA has one of the largest patient and non-patient record data sets in the United States. The offices of 10P require tools that enable their staff members the ability to analyze and extract meaningful information from these extremely large data sets. Only Esri's products are capable of handling this vast amount of data. There is no other GIS Product that can process and analyze the vast amounts of data required, and has sufficient support in place to ensure VA has the required support and software reliability. Any other similar product would encounter severe performance degradation and software unavailability and downtime as it processes and analyzes this large amount of data. This extensive amount of data includes the entire enrollee and non-enrollee population, which is about 4 gigabits of data per copy. VA also has latitude and longitude data for Veteran drive time analysis. Only Esri's products can process and analyze this amount of data with location allocation or similar techniques. The location allocation technique is a VA requirement that utilizes algorithms used primarily in a GIS system and allows VA to determine an optimal location for one or more facilities that will service demand for a given set of Veteran data points. PSSG utilizes this technique to determine Veterans population with types of care needed or other specific needs within VA centers of care. This technique allows VA to utilize Veteran population and density data in planning efforts of placing sites of care. For instance, VA can identify a certain area to place a care center at a specific location based on the number of Veterans in that area. This allows planners to service the most Veterans possible with clinical access. Without this required functionality which only Esri offers, VA would not be able to strategically place sites of care and provide efficient and effective healthcare to Veterans. The cornerstone of the GHESS ELA is the unlimited enterprise user license agreement which will grant PSSG the right to deploy and share the products listed in the product description for this effort during the term of the ELA to other 10P offices which are also responsible for planning care initiatives, as well as grant policy makers access to a mutual platform that is non-variable by providing a consistent infrastructure for geo-spatial data development, analysis, cartographic products and access to web services to best access data critical to plan for the needs of Veterans. No other GIS software manufacturer offers an enterprise license that enables a shared services platform allowing ArcGIS software products to be hosted within the VA network (on premise). Hosting within the VA network will allow 10P to effectively manage and enforce consistent policies across 10P offices, to conform data use and its integrity and also ensure data security. In addition, Esri's GIS software is the only software that has the ability to conduct geospatial analytics that will enable 10P users to detect patterns, access trends, generate geographic interactive maps and conduct geo-spatial analytics to conduct deep analysis, create data visualization through maps, and make sound decisions based on trusted concurrent data with ability to share these results among 10P users. These are VA functional requirements that no other GIS software can provide. Additionally, Esri's suite of product licenses and maintenance support provides a solution that is compatible with the existing VA infrastructure and is embedded within current VA business systems. Currently, VA's GIS infrastructure is based solely upon Esri products, and the entire infrastructure that surrounds the Esri solution has been built to be interoperable with Esri's suite of products, as discussed further below in this justification. It has taken the PSSG appropriately 15 years to build and develop this current Esri-based infrastructure which is continually expanding. VA has built customized tools, scripts, and processes that would have to be re-engineered to be utilized on a non-Esri solution. No other product can work in this environment and communicate with the existing infrastructure. If any other product were utilized, VA would be unable to utilize many years of embedded regional and national workflow data, and would have to rebuild its current GIS enterprise environment to accommodate new and non-proprietary software. Any other product would cause VA to lose interoperability, as Esri is the only GIS software that interoperates with Microsoft Office and other products to perform the geospatial analysis as required by VA, such as location allocation techniques. PSSG's platform must integrate with Microsoft Windows and other Microsoft software products. This solution leverages the Microsoft Windows platform to provide the infrastructure for geospatial data processing and storage. This is seamless to the end user, but enables them to have a central, secure location for accessing, designing, managing, and sharing geospatial information without requiring additional processing, storage and network infrastructure. In addition, ArcGIS interfaces with various Microsoft products such as Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint as well as Microsoft Structured Query Language (SQL),, which accommodates large increases of data and users which enables PSSG to easily and more cost-effectively grow our enterprise system and web applications. No other source provides this same interoperability with Microsoft products. The PSSG, through the use of Esri's GIS solution, has developed a prototype Enrollee Drive Time Processor (EDTP) tool that is unique to the industry. The EDTP tool is used to serve over 8 million enrolled Veterans and over 1100 facilities for defining optimum routes to facilities with proper care. This tool uses a geocoding process to identify addresses which can then be used by the Esri's ArcGIS analysis tools for determining best routes and other pertinent information. No other vendor in the market place currently supports the EDTP tool since it was based upon Esri's proprietary ArcGIS suite of products. Switching to another vendor's GIS software would render the EDTP tool inoperable. Furthermore, if another source was available, the entire GIS platform would have to be re-built from multiple different suppliers. The platform would have to be coded and scripted and a new portal would have to be created. PSSG would also require a new GIS Services contract to re-write code and scripts so new infrastructure would work across multiple vendor products. No other source other than Esri can provide the aforementioned services due to proprietary constraints. Specifically, any other source would need access to Esri's proprietary data in order to ensure that the services provided are properly configured and patched through. This code ensures that the services provided will allow the ESRI products to remain fully operational and work in the current Esri based environment. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are in the market research section of this document. This effort did not yield any additional sources that can meet the Government's requirements. There is no competition anticipated for this acquisition. Additionally, the proposed action will be synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities Page in accordance with FAR 5.201. Any proposals that are received shall be evaluated. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: The Government will continue to conduct market research to ascertain if there are changes in the marketplace that would enable future actions to be competed. 8. Market Research: The Government's technical experts have performed market research from March through September 2015 by conducting internet queries to determine availability of the required products and support services. Market Research included companies that could provide Vector based analysis, work within MicrosoftOffice Suite Products, and with Python scripting. It also included companies that could work with the current GIS tools created specifically for PSSG's unique needs. All other GIS software products on the market are either limited in products/services selection, have limited spatial analytic capabilities, and/or are limited by a less integrated shared services platform as explained below. Imagine software is cartographic software, but it fails to meet all of VA's requirements as outlined above. Specifically, it does not perform vector-based geospatial analysis through points, lines, and polygons with no focus on imagery. It does not allow for Python scripting, and does not work with Microsoft products. For example, the software fails to work with SQL and the user cannot download an analysis into Excel or any other similar format that VA is capable of utilizing. It also does not meet VA's interoperability requirements with the existing ArcGIS infrastructure. Hexagon software is cartographic software, but it also fails to meet all of VA's requirements as outlined above. It does not handle vector-based geospatial analysis through points, lines, and polygons with no focus on imagery or allow for Python scripting. Its target customer is for remote sensing capabilities such as imagery analysis. The software focuses more on the size, latitude, and longitude of buildings to support unmanned technologies and drone activity. It also does not meet VA's interoperability requirements with the existing ArcGIS infrastructure. Maptitude Mapping Software performs similar functionality; however, it is limited in only polygon format when shape files are needed and does not meet all of VA's requirements as outlined above. This software has limited layer availability while VA needs a living atlas that is built with content contributed by organizations around the world through the Community Maps Program. This software cannot handle the large data sets that the VA requires from a vendor. This software is not integrateable with the already functioning platform in PSSG which would require downloads of Esri products to use. It also does not meet VA's interoperability requirements with the existing ArcGIS infrastructure. Esri was the only company found that provided the exact services required by the PSSG. No other companies were found that could support/offer the services and the support required to work with the VA large data sets, existing computer scripting, and offer an enterprise license. 9. Other Facts: The software and vendor requested represent the industry standard in geographic information systems GIS software. This software is central to the body of knowledge of all professional geographers, including those employed by Veterans Affairs. Esri's ArcGIS suite of products is used by federal, state, and local governments as well as the private sector; this software serves all industries that have a geographic analysis component. The operational impact if an award is not made as requested, is an adverse impact on many key VHA program offices and their associated programs. These programs include the VA Enrollee Health Care Projection Model, the VHA Health Care Planning Model, the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health GIS Planning Portal that serves VHA's Veterans Integrated Service Networks and facilities, the seven VHA/10P GIS Healthcare Enterprise Support and Services program offices, ad-hoc inter-agency collaborations requiring geospatial analyses (e.g. VHA collaborates with Department of Defense and Indian Health Service), and most importantly, GHESS supports Section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (VACAA) of 2014. GHESS VACAA support leverages robust geoprocessing tools that are unique to Esri's ArcGIS suite of products such as Network Analyst and Spatial Analyst extensions to provide driving distance calculations to nearest site of care for 9+ million enrollees.

99--TAC-15-19128 GenISIS Hardware Refresh (SEWP)

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published July 31, 2015
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JUSTIFICATION FOR AN EXCEPTION TO FAIR OPPORTUNITY 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, NJ 07724 2. Description of Action: The proposed action is to acquire brand name Network Appliance (NetApp) hardware upgrades, hardware support services, increased storage capacity, and annual software maintenance under a firm-fixed-price (FFP) delivery order issued under National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP) Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). 3. Description of the Supplies or Services: The required NetApp hardware refresh is in support of data analysis activities serving the users managing research and development project data within the Million Veterans Program (MVP) for the VA Veteran's Health Administration (VHA). This equipment is located at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, 1010 Delafield, Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15215. The MVP team currently uses NetApp storage products as its tier 2 storage infrastructure in support of Genomic Information System for Integrative Sciences (GenISIS), the scientific phase of the MVP project. Currently there are 1.5 petabytes of raw storage installed but it needs to be increased to 2.7 Petabytes in support of GenISIS. The need for this increase is due to the project having already analyzed over 200,000 genomic samples which utilize 75% of current disk space. In the next year VA plans to analyze an additional 200,000 samples and the current capacity cannot store this additional data. This procurement is for the upgrade of VA's controller, disk capacity, and the renewal of current NetApp maintenance which provides 24x7x365 on-call, four hour on-site support and annual software maintenance for the NetApp operating system and NetApp certified high speed controllers. The period of performance is 12 months from date of award. 4. Statutory Authority: The statutory authority permitting an exception to fair opportunity is Section 41 U.S.C. 4106(c)(2) as implemented by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.505(b)(2)(i)(B), entitled "Only one awardee is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services ordered are unique or highly specialized". 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited Above: This is a brand name justification in support of FAR 11.105, Items Peculiar to One Manufacturer. NetApp and its resellers are the only sources capable of providing the hardware upgrades, hardware support, increased storage capacity, and annual software maintenance for the entire infrastructure to function properly and securely. Only NetApp hardware, software, and support can meet VA's requirements due to the proprietary nature of the products. NetApp is the only hardware that can continue to build upon VA's existing tier 2 Netapp infrastructure. No other products are able to integrate with the currently installed Netapp storage infrastructure. Additionally, no other products are interoperable or compatible with the currently fielded Netapp infrastructure. Specifically, the current storage system communicates through a source code that is based on NetApp's proprietary On Tap Operating System. No other products can provide the increased storage and provide the support that integrates into VA's current environment without access to that source code. Existing NetApp hardware inventory includes existing ownership of 1.5 Petabytes of storage, appropriate licensing for the Netapp "On Tap Operating System" that manages the storage, and all the supporting peripherals that support this storage. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are in section 8 of this document. This effort did not yield any additional sources that can meet the Government's requirements. It was determined, however, that limited competition is viable among authorized resellers for NetApp products. In accordance with FAR 5.301 and 16.505(b)(2)(ii)(D), the award will be synopsized and the justification will be posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Page within 14 days after award and posted to NASA SEWP GWAC website along with the solicitation. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: The Government will continue to conduct market research to ascertain if there are changes in the marketplace that would enable future actions to be competed. 8. Market Research: The Government's technical experts conducted market research from November 2014 through January 2015, by reviewing similar products via vendor websites, NASA SEWP website, and consulting with resellers and manufacturers. Specifically, the Hewlett Packard 3PAR system was researched and was found that it could not work in the currently fielded NetApp enviroment. Market research revealed that only NetApp, or authorized NetApp resellers would be capable of providing the hardware support, increased storage capacity, and annual software maintenance necessary to provide the annual support and maintenance of the existing NetApp solution. The proprietary nature of the system requires NetApp products for the existing infrastructure to maintain interoperability to ensure proper operations of these mission critical systems. NetApp is required to perform key functions, such as system software updates, firmware updates, download configuration changes, while accessing system hardware and software components for any potential or actual problems. The software maintenance services also provide on-call and onsite support, bug fixes, patches, security updates, and upgrades to the Data OnTap Operating System, which is a NetApp proprietary operating system that manages the GenISIS storage infrastructure. Market research revealed that no other maintenance and support could meet the requirements. 9. Other Facts: None.

99--TAC-16-23865 CEOSH - Construction Cost Estimating Tool (IT support)

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Technology Acquisition Center | Published March 18, 2016
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JUSTIFICIATION FOR OTHER THAN FULL AND OPEN COMPETITION 1. Contracting Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center 23 Christopher Way Eatontown, New Jersey 07724 2. Description of Action: The proposed action is for a firm-fixed-price contract, issued on a sole source basis for brand name RS Means construction cost estimating software and maintenance from RS Means Company, LLC located at 1099 Hingham Street, Suite 201, Rockland, MA 02370. 3. Description of the Supplies or Services: VA, Office of Information and Technology, Service Delivery and Engineering, Field Operations Region 6, in support of the Center for Engineering and Occupational Safety and Health (CEOSH), has a requirement for the renewal and continued support of the RS Means construction cost estimating software that is currently operating on VA servers behind the VA firewall. CEOSH will also be expanding the number of user licenses during the period of performance. The software shall be capable of serving up to 1,350 unique VA users throughout the course of the contract. The software must be updated to operate on future versions of Internet Explorer (IE) when VA updates software on user desktops and laptops during the contract period and also be backward compatible with prior versions of IE. The required subscription software is a commercial off the shelf service and available to the general public. The maintenance includes routine on-line quarterly updates and any problems in the software if not working correctly. The period of performance shall be 12 months followed by three 12-month option periods. 4. Authority: The statutory authority permitting other than full and open competition is 41 U.S.C. 3304(a)(1) as implemented by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.302-1 entitled, "Only One Responsible Source and No Other Supplies or Services Will Satisfy Agency Requirements." 5. Rationale Supporting Use of Authority Cited Above: As detailed in section 8 below, RS Mean is the only software that meets the required functions and features for CEOSH. No cost estimating software other than RS Means has the performance and capability to provide the vast amounts of material and labor data required by VA for specific geographic regions throughout the world. The software is required to perform key functions, such as allowing user access through single sign-on capability; save and retrieve of current and past estimates on-line in a secure environment; allowing for estimates to be converted to Excel format, producing estimates that are easily copied, printing and email functionality within the software; and providing the ability to estimate unit price, editable/custom assemblies, editable/ custom square foot models, along with user defined cost data. There is no other brand of software that can meet all of these requirements. Additionally, RS Means software is currently fielded throughout VA and has already provided its construction estimators with training on how to use this software. If another product was available that could meet all of the requirements, there would be a steep learning curve for the users to gain familiarity with another software product that would be counterproductive compared to use of the existing software and result in duplication of cost of RS Mean software in which VA has already invested. The current trained and productive personnel would have to be educated and retrained on another product; which would create an undue and unnecessary disruption to productivity. In addition, other VA facilities use RS Means for their cost estimating which allows for compatibility between those offices and the estimates derived from CEOSH. RS Means Company, LLC. is the sole source provider of the database licenses and maintenance. 6. Efforts to Obtain Competition: Market research was conducted, details of which are in section 8 of this justification. This effort did not yield any additional sources that can meet the Government's requirements. There is no competition anticipated for this acquisition. The proposed action described herein will be synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities Page in accordance with FAR 5.201. Any proposals received in response to the solicitation will be considered. 7. Actions to Increase Competition: In order to remove or overcome barriers to competition in future acquisitions for this requirement, VA will perform additional market research so that other construction estimating software solutions can be considered. 8. Market Research: In November 2015, the Government's technical experts conducted market research. The market research included a thorough review of various websites and discussions with other VA facilities to ascertain if there are other similar construction estimating software products that can meet VA's requirements. Specifically, VA technical experts researched software such as Xactimate, Turboid, Proest Soft, Viewpoint, and Corecon V7. None of the software packages meet all of VA's functional needs. Specifically, only RS Means provides regional cost information that is automatically updated throughout the year, with instant access to labor, material and equipment costs from RS Means' comprehensive database. Based on this market research, it was determined that only RS Means software can meet all of the Government's requirements. Further market research revealed that only RS Means Company LLC sells the RS Means On-line version of the software. Two other resellers of RS Mean's products (4Clicks-Solutions, LLC and Amergreen, Inc.) were identified on the General Services Administration Information Technology 70 Federal Supply Schedule, but neither has the exclusive rights and permission from RS Means Company, LLC to sell the online version of RS Means cost estimating software required by VA to securely operate behind firewalls. 9. Other Facts: None.