CONNECTIONS II is a multiple award Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract offering federal agencies a one-stop shop for communications and networking solutions at the Local Area Network (LAN), building, campus and enterprise level. CONNECTIONS II addresses equipment, building and campus infrastructure needs, and provides for professional services and technical expertise to support the full solution lifecycle, including, analysis, planning, design, specification, implementation, integration and management of network services and equipment.
Features and Benefits
- Four solution focus areas
- Communications and Networking
- Building/Campus Facility Preparation
- Operations, Administration and Management (OA&M)
- Customer Service and Technical Support
- Global geographic reach with supply chain risk management to support sustainability requirements
- Performance monitoring via order tracking system
- Provides for unpriced CLINs, in fixed-price or T&M type task orders
- Awards are non-protestable
- Task orders under CONNECTIONS II can be firm fixed-price or time-and-materials. This contract will not support cost reimbursable orders.
- The fair opportunity process described in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.505(b) applies to the CONNECTIONS II contract.
- Network services, such as services that provide transport and access to and between customer sites, are out of scope. These include services provided by incumbent local exchange carriers, competitive local exchange carriers, wireless telephone carriers, interexchange carriers, or Internet service providers.
- Unlike its predecessor, CONNECTIONS II does not have separate categories that require customer selection before a task order can be competed and awarded. Vendors who compete for task orders can provide labor or equipment from any or all solution areas in their proposals. Vendors can also provide new solutions and support for an agency’s legacy platforms.
- There are no limitations to the size or complexity of tasks.
- Any warranted contracting officer who wishes to place an order using CONNECTIONS II needs to be granted Delegated Procurement Authority by GSA to compete, award and administer task orders as an Ordering Contracting Officer (OCO). OCOs may place orders of any size or value, within the authorities granted to them by their agency. (Also, refer to ADM 4800.2G – Eligibility to use GSA sources of supply and services)
- Small business set-asides are not allowed. While CONNECTIONS II industry partners include small businesses, you must consider all industry partners through the fair opportunity process.
- CONNECTIONS II contractors can act as an integrator and work with GSA telecommunications vehicles, such as Networx, to produce a complete solution.
- Performance-based task orders are supported under CONNECTIONS II. Pursuant to FAR 37.6, performance-based contracting techniques will be applied to task orders to the maximum extent practicable.
- Davis-Bacon & Service Contracting Act language is incorporated in the CONNECTIONS II contract.
- Prompt Payment Discount – None