The ITES-2S contract is a Performance Based Service Acquisition (PBSA) and is the preferred method of contracting for services and supplies. PBSA is contracting for results, not just best efforts, and involves structuring all aspects of an acquisition around the purpose of the work to be performed. Essential elements of PBSA include:
- Performance requirements, expressed in either a Performance Work Statement (PWS) or Statement of Objective (SOO); performance requirements should be described in terms of what the required output is, rather than specify how the work is to be accomplished;
- Performance standards or measurements, which are criteria for determining whether the performance requirements are met;
- Appropriate performance incentives, either positive or negative;
- A surveillance plan documenting the Government’s approach to monitoring the contractor’s performance.
ITES-2S provides end-to-end solutions to satisfy worldwide development, deployment, operation, maintenance, and sustainment requirements. Additionally included is support to analyze requirements, develop and implement recommended solutions, and operate and maintain legacy systems, and equipment. The scope is broad enough and sufficiently flexible to satisfy requirements that may change over the nine-year period of performance, and fully comprehensive so as to embrace the full complement of services that relate to IT.
For further information regarding Performance Based Acquisitions, please see the CHESS ITES-2S ordering guidance found at https://chess.army.mil/.