More than 400 companies sent representatives to attend the Systems Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) Pre-Proposal Conference hosted at the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Headquarters on Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, March 10.
SETI, a multi-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity engineering-focused contracting vehicle, is slated to support the engineering requirements for the entire Department of Defense for many years to come. It focuses on fostering, developing, and encouraging innovation; reducing costs and timelines; and providing innovative solutions to deliver emerging capabilities and reliable and consistent services to our warfighters.
“SETI is built to take on emerging projects and to solve issues that we cannot yet see,” said Christopher Riley, the SETI program manager. “This contract vehicle will meet complex IT engineering requirements now and into the future.”
The half-day conference kicked off with an industry business card exchange — allowing the conference attendees to meet, greet, and lay the groundwork for establishing business and technical partnerships that may satisfy future SETI requirements.
Katrina Brisbon, the agency’s vice procurement services executive, explained the importance of SETI to those in attendance, acknowledging the size of the audience.
“The volume of presence lets us know the volume of support we have,” she said.
DISA’s director of small business programs, Sharon Jones, also provided a presentation guiding participants through the process of small business subcontracting and small business participation plans.
Agency contracting representatives also established and reiterated guidelines and expectations for the source selection process as it moves forward.
The pre-proposal conference concluded by addressing specific questions submitted by industry in writing prior to and at the event.
All questions and responses are documented on the Federal Business Opportunities website, along with the full request for proposals.
Questions should be addressed to the SETI program via email: disa.meade.PLD.firstname.lastname@example.org.