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DHS Announces EAGLE II Exit, Eyes EAGLE Next Gen as Post-2020 Procurement Vehicle

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it will not pursue a re-competition for its Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading-Edge Services (EAGLE II) contract vehicle, and will instead focus on the implementation of a suite of contract vehicles under the EAGLE Next Generation program.

“DHS conducted a thorough and collaborative analysis across the information technology and procurement communities in identifying DHS’s IT priorities, evaluating the IT services requirements needed to support those priorities and in establishing an overarching acquisition strategy that enables continued mission success,” DHS Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa said in a statement.

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Correa thanked contract holders under EAGLE II, which has been in operation from 2013 to 2018, and was continued for a two-year option through 2020. The department will continue to use EAGLE II until its expiration, and will also formally adopt General Services Administration’s Alliant 2, Alliant 2 Small Business, 8(a) STARS II, and VETS 2 as well as the National Institutes of Health’s CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business into its Category Management and Strategic Sourcing portfolio on Feb. 4, according to the DHS announcement.

EAGLE II received harsh criticism from members of Congress for taking too long to award contracts, and the department has fallen prey to “significant errors and missteps in the procurement process,” Correa wrote to the DHS Office of the General Counsel last year after DHS canceled a $1.5 billion Flexible Agile Support for the Homeland (FLASH) contract. Two months later, Correa publicly said that the department was looking for a successor to EAGLE II. 

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“We are thinking about the business of IT differently for DHS. Instead of thinking about ‘data centers’ and ‘cloud’, we are thinking about ‘compute and storage,’” said DHS Deputy Chief Information Officer Steve Rice. “We are thinking about how IT can better enable Headquarters and the Component to execute the mission. EAGLE Next Gen will take us in this direction.”

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James Cullum
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