The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pleased to announce the award of the Tactical Communications Equipment and Services II (TacCom II) contract vehicle.
TacCom II is designed to provide federal agencies with access to the latest tools and technologies so that regardless of the mission, agencies are set up for success. The contract vehicle features equipment (radios, infrastructure, and satellite solutions) and services (systems integration, installation, engineering, and operations and maintenance) to ensure end-to-end transmission of mission-critical data.
“We’re thrilled about what this means for our agency, and our agency partners,” said Soraya Correa, DHS Chief Procurement Officer. “We know that real-time government missions need real-time tactical communication, and we believe we’ve got the solution to meet those needs.”
TacCom II is notable in that it increases government interoperability by improving communication across federal agencies. Regardless of government affiliation, agencies can work together seamlessly to execute missions like patrolling our borders, responding to natural disasters, and conducting law enforcement operations. The equipment and services offered through the contract vehicle can be used for all types of missions including maritime, airborne, and land-based.
“We consider it our job to get the field what they need,” said Correa. “We know that tactical communications are essential to help prevent terrorism, ensure resilience to disasters, and secure the nation from threats. We also believe that it is our duty to get these critical tools to the field, while also being a good steward of taxpayer dollars.
Because TacCom II is a multi-agency contract (MAC), the contract vehicle serves multiple agencies, and provides the government with opportunities for efficient buying and bulk purchasing discounts. Furthermore, TacCom II provides opportunities for federal agencies to purchase through a centralized source, rather than duplicating the effort, which also results in an effective use of agency dollars. Successful implementation of this contract allows DHS, and agency partners, to achieve the category management goals set by the President’s Management Agenda.
As an additional point of interest, of the 37 vendors who received the award, 23 are small businesses. This strong representation is a strategic move on behalf of DHS to enhance the ability of small businesses to receive work through federal contracts. It also ensures a myriad of skills and specialties to best meet the needs of federal agencies.
“It’s a win-win,” said Correa, “and with a five-year period of performance, we can’t wait to see all this contract vehicle accomplishes.”