In November 2021, we examined what contractors are winning FEDSIM bids and with what federal customers. GSA FEDSIM contracting is always a hot topic so we’re exciting to bring to you some updated analysis on FEDSIM spending and winners.
Top winners of FEDSIM contracts
Booz Allen Hamilton came out on top (again) as winning the largest number of contract opportunities and received the highest obligations over the past five fiscal years for FEDSIM procurements. This is due to work on the CDM DEFEND Groups B and D contracts, as well as work throughout the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), including the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) and Advana Platform contracts. Booz Allen leverages a dedicated group of FEDSIM experts to assist in proposal efforts, giving them a distinct advantage in FEDSIM procurements.
SAIC, CACI, General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) have also remained at the top of the list through the continuation of performance on programs reported in our previous blog, such as SAIC’s Integrated Multi-Domain Command and Control (IMDC2) task order, CACI’s Joint Improvised Threat-Defeat Organization (JIDO) contract, General Dynamics’ SOUTHCOM Cyber Information Technology Enterprise Services (SCITES) contract, and HII’s Persistent Multi-Role Operations (PMRO) Support task order.
ManTech, Deloitte, Leidos, and Parsons are emerging as formidable competitors in FEDSIM procurements. ManTech and Leidos invested in and currently leverage corporate FEDSIM Centers of Excellence (CoE). The complexity of FEDSIM bids and traction gained by FEDSIM has forced several contractors to invest in such expertise to compete and win these large contracts. Leidos executives have specifically called out their preference for FEDSIM bids, stating that the acquisition process is smooth and the rules are well-defined. The likely sub-text in Leidos’ preference is the complexity and expense in a FEDSIM procurement “keeps out the riff raff” among other things.
Emerging Competitors in FEDSIM Procurements
Even though competing to win GSA FEDSIM contracts is challenging due to the complexity of their RFPs, the competitive landscape is expanding. Some noteworthy winners are featured in figures 2 and 3 below.
What are some of the bigger wins propelling growth for the above contractors. Some of the featured wins are listed below.
|Company||Contract||Scope||Spending and PoP|
|SMX||U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), Reconnaissance Intelligence Exploitation Services (ARIES)||Provide USAFRICOM intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission operations and intelligence analysis. SMX helps improve the ability to observe, orient, decide and act faster and more effectively on information provided through a system of systems intelligence collection and dissemination ecosystem.||Obligated: $0M* Ceiling: $2.3B 10/2022—10/2029 * Spending is typically reported in a delayed manner for DoD contracts|
|Parsons||U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), C5ISR, Exercise, Operations and Information Services (CEOIS)||Provide professional services advancing the Intelligence Community’s global cyber and intelligence technologies. Parsons provides capabilities in open-source intelligence (OSINT), systems engineering, integrated training, research and development, and rapid prototyping.||Obligated: $71M Ceiling: $618M 04/2021—04/2026|
|Peraton||U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Cyber Crime Center (DC3), Technical, Analytical and Business Operations (TABO) Services||Alliant 2 task order to support essential DC3 missions by delivering digital forensics, multimedia forensics, technical solutions development, cyber analytics, and vulnerability sharing support for DoD and other national requirements. Note that Peraton also leverages its own FEDSIM CoE.||Obligated $68M Ceiling: $563M 04/2022—04/2027|
Top 10 Federal Customers Leveraging FEDSIM
Using data from USASpending.gov, we can see the top government customers using FEDSIM to run procurements has not changed significantly from our previous blogs. However, it is important to note the U.S. Department of the Navy, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) have increased funding to these procurements when comparing spending data between FY2017-FY2021 and FY2018-FY2022. A few noteworthy contracts awarded by FEDSIM in 2022 include the following:
- U.S. Department of the Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Morpheus Task Order – In September 2022, Booz Allen Hamilton was awarded a five-year, $1.5 billion contract to provide AI-enabled cybersecurity to the Naval Air Warfare Center. Booz Allen Hamilton provides Cyber Precog, a software platform built on NVIDIA Morpheus to provide mission-relevant AI models and modular pipelines for rapid deployment at the edge.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), High-End Scientific Computing (HSEC) II – In April 2022, GDIT was awarded a seven-year, $90 million ceiling value task order to provide EPA researchers and scientists supercomputing hardware, modeling and data visualization capabilities to solve challenges focused on human health and the environment. GDIT provides, maintains and supports the agency’s high-performance computing (HPC) environment, as well as delivers infrastructure support, environmental and life sciences modeling, and scientific consulting to EPA investigators.
- U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), One Information Technology (One IT) – In May 2022, FEDSIM awarded SAIC the $900 million ceiling value contract to provide enterprise-wide architecture, engineering, enterprise operations, and related services to support DCSA’s centralized IT solution requirements. Note that the award is still under protest.
The FedSavvy Strategies Takeaway
- SAIC, CACI, General Dynamics and HII also remain strong FEDSIM competitors through their continuation of work on large-scale programs in areas including IT, engineering and professional support.
- More and more competitors appear to be leveraging FEDSIM Centers of Excellence to pool expertise on how to pursue and win FEDSIM bids.
- SMX, Parsons, ManTech and Peraton have emerged as formidable competitors on FEDSIM procurements in the last year through big wins serving defense agencies.
- U.S. Government customers leveraging FEDSIM for procurements remain largely unchanged; however, the Navy, USSOCOM and USCBP have been buying more via FEDSIM.
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