The Department of Homeland Security became the first federal agency to award a task order using the General Services Administration’s Infrastructure as a Service Blanket Purchase Agreement for cloud computing.
DHS awarded a 5-year $5 million contract to CGI who joins Apptis, Computer Litaracy World and Eyak Tech with authority to operate on the BPA.
“So what does all of this really mean?,” GSA Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner for Integrated Technology Services Mary Davie asks on her blog.
“In short, it means GSA’s IaaS BPA is ‘open for business.’ The flexibility of our BPA gives federal, state, local and tribal governments faster, easier access to a host of infrastructure offerings, including cloud storage, web hosting and virtual machines. These are technologies that will greatly reduce infrastructure maintenance costs and make government more efficient and cost effective. GSA’s IaaS BPA provides cloud solutions with reduced procurement time and risk to help agencies comply with the OMB’s Cloud First policy and data center consolidation initiatives. And the ATOs demonstrate that customers using these services meet federal cybersecurity requirements.”