Are You Ready for the IPPS-A Increment II Bid?

Facts At-a-Glance

NameIntegrated Personnel and Pay System Army Capability Support (IPPS-A) Increment II
AgencyDepartment of the Army, Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), IPPS-A Project Management Office (PMO)
Period of performance7 years
Request for Proposal (RFP)December 2023 (estimate)
Value$250M to $1B (as recorded in the PEO EIS Procurement Forecast)
Contract typeTask order contract using Alliant 2 Note: The Alliant 2 Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) has a period of performance from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2023, with one 5-year option from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2028, so the government may seek alternatives
NAICS541512 Computer Systems Design Services
Competition typeFull and Open/Unrestricted
Number of winnersUndetermined
Award dateJune 2024 (estimate)
IncumbentsW15QKN15C0049, CACI International Inc.

IPPS-A Overview

The IPPS-A Increment II mission is to develop and deliver a single, integrated, multi-component human resources (HR) and pay system that streamlines Army HR, enhances the efficiency and accuracy of Army personnel and pay procedures, and supports soldiers and their families. The Army is developing and deploying IPPS-A incrementally in a series of software releases. Significant development, modernization, and enhancement objectives of the IPPS-A program include:

  • Create an integrated military personnel and pay system, subsume approximately 40 legacy systems, and eliminate 300 inbound and outbound interfaces.
  • Execute HR transformation, Army military payroll transition, and business process reengineering (BPR) in conjunction with fielding IPPS-A to create a 21st-century human capital management (HCM) system and an HR data-rich environment.
  • Release capability to users incrementally and frequently via a Development Security and Operations (DevSecOps) lifecycle that includes a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline.
  • Adopt a zero-trust construct and application within system access and system processes.
  • Provide complete visibility of the total force in one HCM system to over one million soldiers.
  • Provide audit capability for pay, benefits, and HCM transactions; ensure the best use of Army dollars to employ human capital.
  • Use modern data architecture best practices to improve accessibility, increase high data velocity, increase data throughput for low latency, and reduce reliance on any single technology or vendor.


Table 2 contains the estimated timeline for the RFP release and award.

Table 2: Timeline

04/25/2023Special Notice for Industry Day
05/15/2023Registration Deadline
05/22/2023Industry Day
06/28/2023Questions and Answers
07/11/2023Request for Information (RFI)
07/18/2023Questions/Comments Due
12/2023 (estimate)Solicitation Release
06/2024 (estimate)Award Date

Cost and Challenges to Bid

Table 3 briefly describes the challenges associated with this bid.

Table 3: Challenges to Bidding IPPS-A

Security and ComplianceMeeting stringent security requirements, including compliance with Federal Information System Controls Audit Manual (FISCAM) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidelines, is crucial. Ensuring data robustness, integrity, and confidentiality throughout the archive process can be challenging.
Zero Trust ArchitectureImplementing a zero-trust construct for system access and processes necessitates cybersecurity measures, potentially increasing the complexity of the solution.
Agile DevelopmentAdhering to Agile principles and maintaining a continuous delivery pipeline may necessitate new and significant changes to the development and deployment processes.
Complexity of the Current SystemThe IPPS-A Increment II system is both a defense business system (DBS) and a national security system (NSS) with specific operational requirements. Understanding and integrating with this complex system and aligning it with the Army’s numerous new objectives may pose a challenge.
Cost to CompeteThe cost to compete on a $250M to $1B bid is high. Competitors spend .05%–2% to complete the bid on average. In addition, the Army has yet to release a draft RFP with their proposal instructions and evaluation criteria.
Data ManagementMaintaining high data velocity and throughput while reducing reliance on existing technologies can be technically demanding.
Data-Centric GoalsAchieving the seven data-centric DOD Data Strategy VAULTIS goals, including visibility, accessibility, trustworthiness, and security, requires meticulous planning and execution.
Human-Centered DesignApplying human-centered design techniques to improve the user experience in a complex military system requires extensive user research and iterative design processes.
Integration with Legacy SystemsSubsuming approximately 40 legacy systems and eliminating 300 interfaces requires seamless integration, posing potential technical hurdles.
Open-Source ComponentsIncorporating supported and maintained open-source software and components while aligning with industry cost trends can be challenging in terms of licensing, compatibility, and ongoing support.
Schema SynchronizationEnsuring the correct synchronization of changes to the IPPS-A data schema with archive capability as the system evolves demands careful coordination and technical expertise.


In conclusion, successfully bidding on this project will require a deep understanding of military HR and payroll systems, expertise in complex data management, a commitment to cybersecurity, and the ability to adapt to Agile development practices.

By Brenda Crist, Vice President at Lohfeld Consulting Group, MPA, CPP APMP Fellow

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