REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama -- The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command awarded its first women-owned small business set-aside, effective the fourth quarter in fiscal year 2018 as a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, with an approximate contract value of $48 million.

The purpose of the Command Information Management System III is to provide non-commercial integrated information technology solutions and support services for USASMDC/ARSTRAT and other Department of Defense agencies on new and emerging technologies that evolve over the life of the contract.

Functional area support includes, but is not limited to: program management, engineering and development operations, help desk, video teleconference operations, telecommunications, network administration operations, systems administration operations, configuration management, cybersecurity planning and operations, software development/management, maintenance, systems integration and maintenance, electronic security systems/monitoring and special projects.

Extensive market research appropriate to the requirements for the CIMS III contract was conducted showing that there was adequate competition to support a WOSB set-aside.

The Federal Acquisition Regulations permits a contracting officer to restrict competition to WOSB concerns eligible under the WOSB program for requirements in the North American Industry Classification System code designated by the Small Business Administration as substantially underrepresented if there is a reasonable expectation based on market research that two or more WOSB concerns will submit offers and that contract award may be made at a fair and reasonable price.

While every Department of Defense Contract is assigned an NAICS code that best fits its service or supply, the WOSB set-aside program goes a step further and identifies specific NAICS codes that are underrepresented in federal procurement by women-owned small businesses. The NAICS code selected for the CIMS III contract, 541513 - Computer Facilities Management Services, is included in that list.
Under the WOSB set-aside, an eligible WOSB is 51-percent owned and managed by one or more women who are U.S. citizens; the WOSB will perform at least 50 percent of the cost of the contract incurred for personnel with its own employees; and the WOSB must submit documents verifying its eligibility to the WOSB program repository (certify.SBA.gov).

A source selection approach was utilized in the award of the CIMS III contract. The coordinated efforts between the Contracting Office and Source Selection Team in Colorado Springs, Colorado, together with the G-6 office, the Office of Small Business Programs, and the Small Business Administration Procurement Center representative at Redstone Arsenal, resulted in a successful contract that supports the SMDC G-6 mission.

SMDC serves as the Army Service Component Command to U.S. Strategic Command and conducts space operations and provides planning, integration, control and coordination of Army forces and capabilities in support of USSTRATCOM missions. It serves as proponent for space and ground-based midcourse defense. It is the Army operational integrator for global missile defense and conducts mission-related research, development and acquisition in support of Army Title 10 responsibilities.

The G-6 is responsible for providing information management support to all SMDC elements. The deputy chief of staff G-6 functions as the staff adviser to SMDC for all information mission area disciplines and is the person charged with planning, engineering, operation, sustainment and life cycle management of the resources. Information Management Support Services includes automation, telecommunications, visual information, and sustaining base network infrastructure.