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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Today's Focus:

Army CHESS Consolidated Buy Program

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Today's Focus

Army CHESS Consolidated Buy Program

What is it?

The Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) program is the Army-designated primary source for providing comprehensive enterprise hardware and software solutions for its information technology requirements. Leveraging the Army’s buying power in acquiring commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer technology; CHESS implemented the cost-effective Consolidated Buy (CB) process in direct support of the chief information officer (CIO)/G-6 strategy. This year’s remaining CB is CB 13, which lasts from June 13th through September 30th.

What has the Army done?

All desktop and/or notebook computers must be purchased through CHESS in accordance with Army Regulation 25-1, Army Knowledge Management and Information Technology.

Memorandum, May 4, 2009 – CIO/G-6 and ASA (ALT) directs Army organizations to procure COTS IT hardware and software, regardless of dollar value, through CHESS.

CIO/G-6 memorandum, July 30, 2007: states “Organizations shall use the CB to satisfy their desktop and notebook requirements to the maximum extent possible.” Products are standards/policy compliant and the Army Golden Master (AGM) is loaded at the factory.

During the CB, CHESS’ Army Desktop and Mobile Computing-2 (ADMC-2) hardware vendors provide an average of 35-50 percent discount in addition to already low pre-negotiated prices for desktop and notebook computers.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

Army organizations and government entities that take advantage of the CB net substantial savings regardless of the quantities procured; even a single user that only orders one system benefits by receiving the same reduced price as larger volume purchasers. CBs are open for ordering twice a year. Army organizations purchasing non-CB desktops and/or notebooks must have a CB exception.

Monitors and printers are also offered on the CB as a convenience. The purchase of monitors and/or printers offered on the CB is NOT mandatory. The ADMC-2 vendors have many other monitor and printer products on their catalogs. Additional monitors or printers can be found on the vendor catalogs or on the CHESS website.

Why is this important to the Army?

Offering simple, straightforward contract vehicles through its online Army e-commerce ordering system, the IT e-mart, CHESS directly supports the CIO/G-6 strategy by providing the benefits of continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidating requirements to maximize cost avoidance, and leverage the Army’s buying power in acquiring commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer technology. The cost avoidance to the Army for the previous CBs has totaled more than $281 million.

Resources:

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CHESS website
Consolidated Buy FAQs

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