$250 Billion Expected in Major IT Contract Awards in FY06 GWACs and Small Business Set-Sides Will Play an

Important Role in the Coming Year

    RESTON, Va., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty information technology (IT)
 contracts will be awarded by the federal government in fiscal year 2006 with a
 combined potential value of $250 billion, according to a report released today
 by INPUT, the authority on government business.  The General Services
 Administration (GSA) will account for the highest value of award dollars due
 to the Alliant and Networx Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs).
     "2006 looks to be a banner year for small business awards with nearly all
 acquisitions setting aside a significant amount of contracting dollars for
 small businesses," said Darren Bezdek, manager subcontract opportunities for
 INPUT.  "GSA's Alliant Small Business GWAC may represent the largest IT
 contract ever awarded exclusively to small business."
     The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will award three major contracts
 in FY06 carrying a combined ceiling value of $50 billion: Enterprise
 Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge solutions (EAGLE), First Source, and
 American Shield Initiative (ASI).  The EAGLE acquisition accounts for the
 majority of the awards with a ceiling value set at $45 billion.  The contract
 will provide DHS with its own method of purchasing IT services as opposed to
 utilizing other GWACs and consolidates the majority of DHS IT services needs
 under one contract. Awards are planned to be made to both small and large
     Within the major contracts, some important technology standards are likely
 to be selected that will have significant impact on future acquisitions.
 "Most notable is the Justice Department's Integrated Wireless Network (IWN)
 contract which may set standards for how state, local, and tribal public
 safety and homeland security entities communicate," stated Bezdek.
 "Similarly, the ASI contract in DHS will utilize cutting-edge technology to
 monitor America's borders and could be a proving ground for the application of
 monitoring technology across government agencies in a variety of
     "There are few markets in the world where one can find a single contract
 valued at $50 billion," added Bezdek.  "The contracts awarded in the next year
 are going to have a significant impact on vendor market share and the
 insertion of technology in the federal government.  Vendors should pay close
 attention to ensure they are positioned to play a role in these
     INPUT's FY06 Top 20 IT Contracts INPUT/Output(R) report is available to
 members of the INPUT Network(TM).  For more information on becoming a member,
 visit info.input.com or call 703-707-3500.
     About INPUT
     INPUT is the authority on government business. Established in 1974, INPUT
 helps companies develop federal, state, and local government business and
 helps public sector organizations achieve their objectives. Over 1,000
 members, including small specialized companies, new entrants to the public
 sector, and the largest government contractors and agencies, rely on INPUT for
 the latest and most comprehensive procurement and market information,
 consulting, powerful sales management tools, and educational & networking
 events.  For more information about INPUT, visit http://www.input.com or call
     Proper use of name is INPUT
     CONTACT:  Dayna Tenorio of INPUT, +1-703-707-3646, or dtenorio@input.com


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