The Department of Homeland Security is building a contract vehicle for administrative and operational support for its cyber missions — namely the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C). But the deadline for submitting proposals continues to get bumped.

The Cyber Centric Mission Support Services request for proposals was originally issued in December 2013, with a submission cutoff of Jan. 30, 2014. Since then, that deadline has continued to slip, with the most recent — Sept. 30 — being pushed out to Dec. 31 of this year.

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The multiple award IDIQ will cover "a broad set of administrative, clerical, business and program management support functions," including Scientific, Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) and setting management requirements for National Security and Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) communications.

DHS will likely award three to five contracts for each track, according to the original RFP, which has not been altered with the deadline extensions.

The contract will be good for one year, with four one-year add-on options, and has a ceiling of $675 million for all task orders.

Aaron Boyd is an awarding-winning journalist currently serving as editor of Federal Times — a Washington, D.C. institution covering federal workforce and contracting for more than 50 years — and Fifth Domain — a news and information hub focused on cybersecurity and cyberwar from a civilian, military and international perspective.

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