The Defense Information Systems Agency has selected 20 small businesses for the opportunity to work on a range of information technology services for the Department of Defense, intelligence community and other federal agencies, according to a Sept. 10 announcement.

The contract could run as long as 10 years and has a maximum value of $17.5 billion.

The ENCORE III small business set-aside suite makes 20 small companies eligible to compete for contracts to provide services in 19 performance areas. Those areas range from requirements analysis to cloud professional services and enterprise IT policy planning.

โ€œOne of the key advantages of leveraging the ENCORE III vehicle is that mission partners are able to team with us to determine the best acquisition strategy for their task,โ€ Steve Francoeur, ENCORE III contracting officer, said in a press release. โ€œTogether, we are able to determine whether a best-value-trade-off or lowest price technically acceptable approach fits the mission requirement.โ€

The announcement follows DISAโ€™s award of the ENCORE III full and open large business suite in March when another 20 businesses became eligible for task orders on the contract.