FedSources investigates Army EAGLE contract confusion

Tuesday - 11/2/2010, 7:06pm EDT

Ray Bjorklund, senior vice president and chief knowledge officer, FedSources

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In a report, FedSources has addressed the confusion about the size and scope of the five-year $30 billion Army EAGLE contract.

Short for Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise, EAGLE is a multiple-award contract for a wide range of technical services expected to have a RFP in the second quarter of FY2011.

Ray Bjorklund, senior vice president and chief knowledge officer at FedSources, said it's typical within government to overshoot the cost estimate for such multiple-award contracts.

"It would be a great stretch to make $30 billion. It's more like a $10 billion contract," Bjorklund said in an interview with the DorobekINSIDER.

The EAGLE contract also includes research and development, even though the Army has said it is not seeking R and D through EAGLE, Bjorklund said. The R and D services are valued at about $70 million over one or two years, not a huge amount of money. But, Bjorklund added, "it makes people stratch their heads about what's in and what's out in the scope of this program."

The contract process is still early. An award is not expected until 2012. So now is the time for the Army to consider its acquisition strategy, Bjorklund said.

"The unfortunate down side is companies interested in pursuing the opportunity don't have real definition," he said.

Bjorklund recommended that interested contractors take into account the new high-priority performance goals that agencies must submit to the Office of Management and Budget. Some of the scope of EAGLE will be related to those high-level goals, he said.

"Companies that want a good position should come up with messaging that resonates with those particular goals," Bjorklund said.