WASHINGTON ― Twenty companies won placement on a possible 10-year, $17.5 billion contract to help modernize IT capabilities at the federal level, particularly the Department of Defense.

The Defense Information Systems Agency had gotten 72 bids for its Encore III indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, which has both a five-year base term and five-year option period.

DISA’s contract awards came off of the back of its reissued bid solicitation following compliance with recent Government Accountability Office recommendations.

In 2016, Booz Allen Hamilton and CACI had challenged DISA’s source selection method for the Encore III contract. In response, GAO found that DISA’s method of excluding vendors whose proposed prices were 50 percent below the average proposed prices was “arbitrary” and “inconsistent” with the government’s lowest price, technically acceptable (LPTA) framework.

Furthermore, GAO found that DISA had not provided a reliable framework for comparing competing cost proposals.

The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization will grant a minimum guaranteed $10,000 to all recipients for the contract.

The full list of winners (see below) includes three companies awards spots on Encore II: Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI International and Solers.

Encore III winners

  • 22nd Century Technologies
  • AASKl Technology
  • Ace Info Solutions
  • ActioNet
  • AECOM’s XNet business
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • CACI International’s federal business
  • CSRA
  • ECS Federal
  • General Dynamics’ One Source subsidiary
  • IAP C4ISR
  • IndraSoft
  • Leidos
  • ManTech International
  • NES Associates
  • NetCentrics
  • Next Tier Concepts
  • Phacil
  • Qbase
  • Solers