Library of Congress Looks to Spend up to $450M on IT and Software Contract Work

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The agency is looking for the contracted work to utilize an agile model.

The Library of Congress filed a solicitation to contract work on its IT system and software applications using an agile model. 

As noted in Thursday’s request, the Library seeks for the contracted workers to primarily focus on three areas: agile software development; systems integration, DevOps and continuous delivery; and user experience and interface design services. 

However, the Library is also looking for work to cover ancillary performance areas, such as commercial off-the-shelf products, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service. Specifically, the agency is asking for the contractor to support the deployment, configuration, management, maintenance and upgrade of PaaS and SaaS applications. 

The main work will fall into several task categories, such as: planning; defining and analyzing requirements; project design, development, testing, verification, implementation and management; technical writing and documentation; integration, migration and optimization; and compliance.

Specifically, work will range from “developing local PC-based applications to deploying and managing large scale integrated systems that involve a variety of software languages, database management systems, server and storage platforms and network protocols.”

The Library wants to utilize the agile model for this contract as opposed to the waterfall method, referring to a development process in which an agency would figure out all requirements ahead of time and a contractor would strictly adhere to those requirements. However, using an agile approach will allow for flexibility as an agency can change things throughout the process without having to change the terms of the contract.

The solicitation provides a list of requirements for the requested services and an overview of the Library’s current technology landscape and capabilities. 

The Library will spend between $50,000 and $450 million on this IDIQ contract. 

Offers are due on Jan. 6, 2023.