COMSATCOM on IT Schedule 70
GSA's SATCOM contracts have been designated Best-in-Class (BIC). BIC means that it's a preferred government wide solution because it provides an opportunity to use the federal government's buying power. SATCOM contracts include the IT Schedule 70 Special Item Numbers 132-54 and 132-55, and the Complex Commercial SATCOM Solutions (CS3) IDIQ contract.
IT Schedule 70 features a wide variety of commercial satellite products and services, such as:
- Transponded capacity
- Subscription services
- For industry partners
- For state, local, and tribal governments
The COMSATCOM-Transponded Capacity (132-54) offers dedicated bandwidth on a commercial satellite in any commercially available COMSATCOM frequency band, including:
- L- 1 - 2 GHz
- S- 2 - 4 GHz
- C- 4 - 8 GHz
- X- 8 - 12 GHz
- Ku-, extended Ku- 12 - 18 GHz
- Ka- 27 - 40 GHz
- UHF 300 - 1000 MHz
COMSATCOM transponded capacity refers to satellite bandwidth and power only. These features are also offered on a limited basis (not separately priced):
- Engineering (e.g., development of link budgets, transmission plans) and training to use the bandwidth
- Transponder management
- Necessary approvals required to use the transponded capacity, such as frequency clearances and landing rights
The COMSATCOM-Subscription Services (132-55) offers pre-existing, pre-engineered fixed satellite service and mobile satellite service solutions:
- Shared satellite resources in any commercially-available frequency band
- Guaranteed capacity and quality of service
- On-demand or occasional use solutions
- Ancillary terrestrial components such as terrestrial backhaul circuits
- Vendor-specified equipment as part of the service
Buying equipment. In general, you cannot buy remote terminals under these two IT Schedule 70 special item numbers, unless the equipment is included as part of the subscription services price. However, you can buy equipment under SINs 132-8 (new equipment). This includes equipment required to ensure compatibility and connectivity with a contractor's network. Customers can obtain a total solution that includes SIN 132-54 or SIN 132-55. Other SINs included are IT Professional Services for engineers and technicians, as well as software licenses.
To sell transponded capacity or satellite subscription services through IT Schedule 70, you must submit your offer or modification through the eOffer/eMod system.
Submit an offer
IT Schedule 70 is continually open to new offers from industry partners. Download the IT Schedule 70 announcement for instructions on how to respond to the solicitation.
All offers must submit an Information Assurance Minimum Security Control Checklist [DOC - 405 KB] .
Submit a modification
Read the SATCOM modification checklist for the addition of Special Item Numbers (SINs) 132-54 and 132-55 [PDF - 125 KB] .
Security clearances and information assurance
Some of the task orders that will be competed under the IT Schedule 70 contracts will require facilities and personnel security clearances. To get the necessary clearances, you must complete the Department of Defense Security Classification Specification (DD Form 254).
The templates are provided below for your convenience. At a minimum, you must fill in blocks 6 and 8, sections A and B. Its important to understand that processing facility clearances can be time-consuming, and can vary from taking a couple of months to over a year to receive your initial Facility Clearance (FC). This does not include the time for processing personnel clearances, or obtaining, safeguarding, and COMSEC approval.
The templates for this process are below:
- DD254 Template Revised 2018 [PDF - 33 KB]
- DD254 Instructions [PDF - 75 KB]
- FCSA Addendum to DD254 [DOCX - 22 KB]
Note: This process is only required if you want to compete for classified task orders. You can request in your proposal transmittal letter that the DD254 process be initiated, or you can request this anytime after your Schedule has been awarded.