Prototyped DIU technologies coming to GSA contracts

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The General Services Administration can transition successfully prototyped Defense Innovation Unit solutions to its contract vehicles through a memorandum of understanding signed Monday.

GSA will use its streamlined FASt Lane process and DIU the Other Transaction authority and follow-on production contracting to onboard the latter’s industry partners faster.

The agencies previously partnered on Blue UAS, which makes National Defense Authorization Act-compliant drones available through GSA for the Department of Defense and civilian agencies, and this second collaboration makes it easier those agencies to access non-traditional commercial technologies.

“Sharing expertise and intellectual resources between agencies is mutually beneficial to DIU and GSA’s missions,” said Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner for the Office of IT Category, in the announcement. “We’re really excited to bring these innovative companies, many of which are small businesses, to GSA contracts.”

Agencies can access the technology solutions through GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule.

DIU accelerates the military’s adoption of emerging technologies in six areas: machine learning and artificial intelligence, automation, cybersecurity, energy, human systems, and space.

“Partnering with GSA to more easily bring proven, innovative and emerging technologies to meet agency missions across the U.S. government is a win-win for both the taxpayers and for the commercial companies working with DIU,” said Director Mike Brown.

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