PACTS III – Latest Updates

Mar 20, 2024

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March 28, 2024:

DHS announced the following updates on March 28th, 2024:
  • The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to April 12.
    Amendment 0002 to Solicitation 70SBUR24R000000X (applicable to functional categories 1, 2, or 3) has been issued, making modifications to the Solicitation Cover Page, Part II – Contract Clauses, Part III – Terms and Conditions, Attachments, and Part IV – Solicitation Provisions/Instructions/Evaluation.
  • This amendment extends the deadline for proposal submissions, updates the Procurement Integrated Enterprise Environment (PIEE) Offer Template, and incorporates questions and answers.
  • Those who have started or already submitted offers will be notified via email about the new amendment and are reminded to acknowledge receipt of all amendments, including Amendment 0002, in their final offer.
  • There is a known issue with the amendment section not displaying correctly when accessed through the public posting link on SAM.gov. As a workaround, users are advised to search using the solicitation number on either the public portal (https://piee.eb.mil/sol/xhtml/unauth/index.xhtml) or the secure portal, with instructions available in a linked guide.
  • The PACTS III Team is no longer accepting inquiries about the PACTS III solicitation.

March 20, 2024:

The PACTS III team is diligently addressing the inquiries received in response to the solicitations and plans to publish them on sam.gov shortly. Additionally, the DHS will release Amendment 0002 to the solicitations, integrating the questions and responses along with updated information and some attachments. To accommodate the unforeseen delay in disseminating this information to the public, will extend the proposal response deadline, details of which will be outlined in Amendment 0002 to the solicitations.

February 29, 2024:

PACTS III: An Update was released, informing that the PACTS III team has received over 500 questions regarding the Solicitation. Once addressed, these inquiries will be made available on SAM.gov.

Furthermore, it has been noted that the amendment section of the posting is not visible. It is suggested to access the posting via the PIEE.

Proposals must be submitted by 5 PM ET on March 29, 2024. Performance is slated to commence on August 11, 2024.

February 13, 2024:

  • Amendment 0001 to 70SBUR24R0000001 has been issued to make changes to the Solicitation Cover Page, Part III, Request for Proposal Attachments, Part IV, Addendum to FAR 52.212-1 of the solicitation and the Offer Template in PIEE
  • Amendment 0001 to 70SBUR24R0000002 has been issued to make changes to the Solicitation Cover Page, Part III, Request for Proposal Attachments, Part IV, Addendum to FAR 52.212-1 of the solicitation and the Offer Template in PIEE.
  • Amendment 0001 to 70SBUR24R0000003 has been issued to make changes to the Solicitation Cover Page, Part III, Request for Proposal Attachments, Part IV, Addendum to FAR 52.212-1 of the solicitation and the Offer Template in PIEE.”

February 05, 2024: PACTS III Released!

The three, final PACTS III solicitations have been posted and can be found at the following links on sam.gov.

Functional Category 1: https://sam.gov/opp/2bc7f92f922a41d290ba927ae9229773/view

Functional Category 2: https://sam.gov/opp/afe6e2bf19dd41e7acd9793b15808be2/view

Functional Category 3: https://sam.gov/opp/46979bf42e914630ab4978cb2a42964f/view

January 18, 2024:

The purpose of this update is to provide a consolidated copy of all questions received through the third draft of the PACTS III RFP and Industry Day. The new questions and responses are highlighted in gray. As a reminder, these responses pertain to the third PACTS III draft RFP only and may not apply to subsequent drafts and/or the final RFP. Due to this, interested parties are encouraged to read any future versions of the PACTS III RFP in its entirety. The final RFP will supersede all previous versions of the PACTS III RFP.

January 17, 2024:

According to a recent announcement by DHS, the questions from Industry Day will be posted once they are complete, and the PACTS III solicitation will be available on sam.gov in late January or early February 2024.

December 19, 2023:

A Modification was issued on December 19, 2023, to provide the recording link from the PACTS III Industry Day and attendee list. The government is still working on the Q&A. The PACTS III solicitation is now anticipated to be released in January 2024.

November 21, 2023:

The DHS is continuing to work on the attendee list and responses to the 317 questions from the Industry Day. The attendee list and answers to the questions will be provided once available. Additionally, the final RFP will not be posted until after the Thanksgiving holiday. The DHS will inform Industry of the anticipated date the final solicitation will be released once it is determined.

November 13, 2023:

During the PACTS III Industry Day, held on November 9, 2023, the Contracting Office provided the following tentative dates:

  • Solicitation: November 17, 2023
  • Questions: November 28, 2023
  • Proposals: January 31, 2024
  • Awards: August 2024

The session was recorded, but there is no estimate on when the recording will be available to everyone as the government is still seeking proper approvals to be able to publish it

November 9, 2023:

DHS released the Q&A for the second draft of PACTS III of the PACTS III RFP but noted that these responses pertain to the second PACTS III draft RFP only and may not apply to subsequent drafts and/or the final RFP. Due to this, interested parties are encouraged to read any future versions of the PACTS III RFP in its entirety. The final RFP will supersede all previous versions of the PACTS III RFP.

October 27, 2023:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has unveiled the third draft of the PACTS III Request for Proposal (RFP). Here’s what you need to know:

The third draft RFP and its attachments are now available, clearly marked with “3rd Draft RFP” in their naming. At this stage, the Government isn’t accepting any queries about this draft solicitation. This draft is specifically for Functional Category 1. Remember, the final RFP for PACTS III will have three separate solicitations, each for a different Functional Category.

Major Updates to Look Out For: The transition from the second to the third draft has brought numerous changes. From evaluation criteria based on Functional Category and type of Offeror to the inclusion of projects from the Offeror or its partners, there’s a lot to digest. Plus, there’s been a significant refresh of the attachments.

  • Proposals will be evaluated based on the Functional Category, socioeconomic track, and type of Offeror;
  • Projects that meet the definition of relevant and recent as defined in the solicitation that are from the Offeror (Prime Contractor or Small Business Teaming Arrangement (SBTA)) itself or a partner/member of the Offeror’s SBTA will be considered;
  • 40% of projects verified must have been performed by the partner(s) of the joint venture that possesses the socioeconomic status associated with the track the Offeror is proposing (52.207-6(a)(1)(i)); Prime Contractor of a Prime/Subcontractor relationship (52.207-6(a)(1)(ii)) or the protégé in a Mentor-Protégé relationship (52.207-6(a)(2)
  • Managing Venturers or Prime Contractors of SBTAs that are Joint Ventures or Prime/Subcontractor(s) as defined in the solicitation may be granted additional points if Partner/Subcontractor agreements are provided that prove the Offeror has managed teams of the same size or larger on other projects.
  • The Government plans to use the Procurement Integrated Enterprise Environment (PIEE) suite for these processes.

A Word of Caution: The language and documents in this draft are not final and may undergo changes. Always refer to the final issued RFP for any discrepancies.

The PACTS III Industry Day is scheduled for November 9, 2023, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST. It will be conducted via Microsoft Teams Live. Join the Industry Day here. Don’t forget to register!

October 23, 2023:

The solicitation release for PACTS III is expected in November 2023, as per the USCIS FY 2024 1st Quarterly Industry Call Advanced Presentation issued on October 23, 2023.

The government continues to project an Industry Day in October 2023 as well. A copy of the presentation is available in the Related Documents section.

Industry Call details: The Industry Call will be held at 1 PM ET, October 31, 2023. The call-in number and passcode for this event is 1-888 323-9726, passcode; 2823795. The recording will be available two (2) hours after the event.

August 28, 2023:

The DHS is continuing to work on responses to the questions from the second draft RFP and will provide the answers once available. Additionally, the DHS now anticipates hosting a pre-solicitation virtual Industry Day in October 2023. Instructions on how to register for the Industry Day will be available once a firm date is established and the time gets closer.

July 25, 2023:

DHS announced that it intends to host a pre-solicitation virtual Industry Day in August 2023. Registration instructions for Industry Day will be made available once a firm date is established. The DHS also noted that is working on responses to the questions from the second draft RFP and will provide the answers once available.

June 23, 2023:

The second PACTS III draft RFP, attachments, and survey have been posted. All questions or concerns regarding any aspect of this draft solicitation shall be submitted using the Solicitation Question and Answer Form, Attachment 17, and sent to PACTSIII@uscis.dhs.gov no later than 5:00 pm Eastern Time on July 7, 2023.

Key changes include:

  • The inclusion of a past performance evaluation
  • Limited project opportunities for primes, SBA small business JVs, and SBA MPPs
  • 40% of projects must be performed by SBA MPP Protégé
  • Enhanced definitions for Project Relevancy/Recency requirements
  • Updated Statement of Work and On/Off Ramping Terms and Conditions
  • Additional attachments for reference

The draft documents are subject to change and the final RFP will take precedence over any conflicting information. The highly anticipated PACTS III Industry Day is scheduled for the end of July 2023.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can use the Solicitation Question and Answer Form (Attachment 17) and send them to PACTSIII@uscis.dhs.gov.

April 24, 2023:

On April 24, DHS provided an update that the department is working on responses to the questions from the initial draft RFP and will provide responses once available. A second draft RFP for PACTS III is also anticipated to be released. DHS is contemplating hosting a matchmaking event in the May to June (2023) timeframe. If pursued, details will be made available to the industry in advance. Additionally, DHS now anticipates hosting a pre-solicitation virtual Industry Day in the late May or early June (2023) timeframe, and the instructions on how to register for the Industry Day will be available as time gets closer.

Based on the update released by DHS on March 23, 2023, the agency mentioned that they had received 524 questions in response to the draft RFP and will respond to them in the order received. DHS also requested the interested contractors to inform them if they do not receive an email from the PACTS III team with responses to their questions by the time all questions and answers are posted publicly.

Also, DHS has informed in the latest update that the virtual Industry Day will no longer be held at the end of March 2023 but has been rescheduled for the end of April 2023. DHS will provide information related to Industry Day as it gets closer. The government plans to issue the awards in August 2024. According to APFS Record #F2022059380, the solicitation is still expected to be released on or about August 30, 2023.

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