The U.S. Air Force has set a tentative timeline for its second try at awarding a $6.9 billion contract for networking and information technology equipment, according to a June 21 FedBizOpps memo.
According to the memo, the branch expects to issue second requests for final proposals for the products portion of the NetCents 2 contract Monday, with a Wednesday due date for responses.
The Air Force will award the contract on a lowest price-technically acceptable basis, the memo said, where some offers can be considered reasonable but priced higher and not receive an award.
The contracting officer will send a second letter to interested contractors with instructions and guidance for submitting proposals, the memo said.
Bidders should offer new products unless not otherwise available, with certain performance baseline requirements and standards stating that specific components and sub-components should not be included, according to the memo.
The Air Force originally announced awardees in April for equipment supporting the global information grid architecture and infrastructure for communications systems.