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AEGIS Industry Day Q and A.pdf

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Industry Day Questions and Answers Advanced Enterprise Global Information Technology (IT) Solutions (AEGIS) Q1: Are the Industry Day slides available to participants? A1: Yes, the slides are available to the public on our procurement website, https://procurement.jsc.nasa.gov/aegis/, and on https://beta.SAM.gov. Q2: Will the attendee list be shared/posted, in light of not having a face-to-face meeting? A2: An interested party list has been posted to the procurement website, listing all companies who have consented to having their information shared. Interested parties are also encouraged to add their information to the interested party listing that is housed in beta.SAM.gov. Q3: Will the Preproposal Conference likely be virtual? A3: At this time, in light of the COVID-19 issues, it is unknown if the Preproposal Conference will be virtual, in-person, or a combination of both. Q4: How long do you envision between the Request for Proposal (RFP) and the proposal due date? A4: At this time, NASA is anticipating sixty days between the RFP release and the proposal due date. Q5: The Performance Work Statement (PWS) requires the contractor to maintain a Class 3 Asbestos Crew at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and Johnson Space Center (JSC). What percentage of the buildings at those Centers have asbestos? A5: This information is not available. Contractors are required to have the Class 3 Asbestos Crew ready at these locations regardless if asbestos is known to be present. Q6: Will there be another Industry Day? A6: No, there will not be another Industry Day. There will, however, be a Preproposal Conference soon after release of the Final RFP. Q7: Is there any chance that NASA will separate parts of the contract out for small business? A7: NASA is still very early in the procurement process and have not finalized the procurement strategy at this time. If the AEGIS is a full-and-open competition, Small Business Subcontracting goals will be included, which the prime contractor will be required to meet. Q8: Does NASA see Security in the current contract or in a separate contract in the future? A8: NASA envisions security as an integral part of all IT systems and services. Therefore all contracts that support NASA systems or provide services need to include security in their respective service delivery. Q9: What is the rationale behind Cloud computing and Data Centers being added into the new contract? AEGIS Industry Day Questions and Answers, Page 2 A9: NASA is looking at and evaluating all IT systems and consolidating contracts where appropriate to gain cost efficiencies. Q10: Will NASA consider heterogeneous solutions regarding Zero Trust Architecture (i.e., vendor agnostic)? A10: NASA is considering all options at this time. Q11: When will the Draft RFP (DRFP) be released to Industry? A11: At this time, it is anticipated that the DRFP will be released at the end of May 2020. Please continue to check our procurement website for updates to schedule and other information. Q12: How has the small business process worked under a large prime contact? A12: In general, a prime contractor that is a large business is required to meet Small Business subcontracting goals, which are part of the contractual document. The prime contractor is responsible for letting subcontracts with Small Businesses that can meet various requirements of the contract. Q13: Has the Government considered contracting through the General Services Administration (GSA) or the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) vehicles? A13: NASA is still very early in the procurement process and have not finalized the procurement strategy at this time. Looking into the use of the GSA or SEWP vehicles is part of the market research. Q14: How closely will the new contract match the incumbent contract PWS? A14: The new PWS will align accordingly to support NASA’s current and future mission requirements. Q15: Does NASA anticipate that hardware (servers, laptops, phone systems, etc.) procurements will be included in the AEGIS contract? A15: NASA does anticipate that there will be hardware purchases under the AEGIS contract. However, not all NASA IT hardware will be procured under this contract. Q16: Has NASA considered managed services as part of this contract, where equipment could be leased by the Government? A16: NASA is still very early in the procurement process and have not finalized the procurement strategy at this time. NASA is still considering all options. Q17: How is NASA employing the Microsoft suite of equipment? A17: The Microsoft suite of software is not a part of the AEGIS contract. It is purchased through a different NASA contract. Q18: With respect to Service Management, which management tool(s) is/are NASA using today? A18: NASA is currently using Remedy and Service Now for Service Management. AEGIS Industry Day Questions and Answers, Page 3 Q19: When does NASA expect to release Section L and Section M? A19: At this time, it is anticipated that the DRFP will be released at the end of May 2020. The DRFP will include Sections L and M. Q20: How in-depth is NASA invested into Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)? Will NASA transition from Version 3 to Version 4? A20: NASA leverages the ITIL framework similar to many other Government Agencies. NASA will review Version 4 and its potential applications in the future years. Q21: What are NASA’s bottom-line priorities for the new contract? A21: Please refer to the draft RFP once released. The PWS will align accordingly to support NASA’s current and future mission requirements. Q22: How many awards does NASA intend to make? A22: NASA is still very early in the procurement process and have not finalized the procurement strategy at this time. NASA is still considering all options. Q23: Will the AEGIS procurement be a full-and-open competition or a Small Business set-aside? A23: NASA is still very early in the procurement process and have not finalized the procurement strategy at this time. NASA is still considering all options. Q24: Will SAIC be able to compete on the follow-on contract? A24: At this time, NASA does not see any barriers to SAIC competing for the AEGIS contract, provided that it is not a Small Business set-aside. Q25: Does NASA foresee any restrictions on teaming agreements? A25: At this time, NASA does not foresee any restrictions on teaming agreements. Q26: When will the final award of the contract take place? A26: At this time, it is anticipated that the contract will be awarded in February 2021. Please continue to check our procurement website for updates to schedule and other information. Q27: What systems/capabilities will the contractor be required to build under AEGIS? A27: The AEGIS requirements are currently under development. Please refer to the draft RFP once released. Q28: Where is the boundary of responsibility for Cyber Security between AEGIS and overall Cyber Security responsibilities? AEGIS Industry Day Questions and Answers, Page 4 A28: The Cyber security tasks for the contract remain within the system boundary. The overall Cyber Security responsibilities and accountability to include those found in the AEGIS contract are retained at the Cyber Security & Privacy Division (CSPD) government official level. Q29: Is the idea with this contract to fold up all Data Center and Cloud Computing into AEGIS? A29: NASA’s intent is to provide a contract vehicle for all Data Centers and Cloud Computing via the AEGIS contract. Q30: Will the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) functionality be continued into the new contract? Will security Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) be in the contract as well? A30: Yes, the TIC functionality and the CDM security will be part of the AEGIS contract. CDM is an Agency initiative that is currently in operation and in policy therefore the contractor will need to incorporate that into the service delivery. Q31: Are there thoughts about mobile access (i.e., work from anywhere type solutions) that could be cloud based? A31: NASA is considering all secure mobile access options. Q32: Does NASA see interest in public/private cloud based networking? A32: NASA is considering all secure public/private cloud based networking options. Q33: Will NASA please clarify what is meant by front-end and back-end networking? These are not standard industry terms. A33: The environment is similar to a web server (front end) and connected database (back-end). The contractor would be responsible for supporting both. Q34: What will the criteria be for what remains on premise and what will go to the cloud? A34: The requirements will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine what remains on premise versus in the cloud. Q35: Is hardware leasing being considered to normalize investment cost and to include refresh costs without large capital investments? A35: NASA is considering all options for hardware procurement and leasing. Q36: Does NASA see any change management changes to support the Huntsville Operations Support Center (HOSC) transition? A36: The HOSC is already a part of the current NICS contract and will be part of the AEGIS contract as well. Q37: Please clarify what mission services, on slide 23 of the Industry Day charts, includes? A37: The AEGIS requirements are currently under development. Please refer to the draft RFP once released. AEGIS Industry Day Questions and Answers, Page 5 Q38: Would NASA consider using North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 541715 for this procurement? It would allow more opportunity for larger small businesses, while not excluding larger companies. A38: NAICS code 541715 is a research and development code, which is not an appropriate categorization for the AEGIS procurement. NASA intends to continue the use of NAICS code 541512, Computer System Design Services. Q39: Are there any specif… Show All