Senate looking for DevOps support

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The U.S. Senate is looking for a potential DevOps contractor to provide outsourced engineering and operations support.

The Office of the Sergeant at Arms posted a sources sought notice to FedBizOpps on Monday in an attempt to build a “bidders list” for this requirement. The ideal respondent would be able to provide engineering services for the Senate’s Red Hat OpenShift application platform, maintain and update the environment and provide support services.

Based on responses to the market survey, the Senate Sergeant at Arms intends to invite qualified contractors to submit proposals. If the notice yields “suitable responses,” it will post a solicitation in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.

DevOps, the process of integrating an organization’s engineering (Dev) and operations (Ops) teams in order to approach engineering processes in an agile and iterative manner, is a popular buzzword both inside government and out. It’s generally considered a best practice for federal IT modernization. But what it actually means is a matter of some contention — even people in charge of working with this popular practice tend to provide definitions that highlight differing aspects of it.

Responses to the Senate’s notice are due by May 28.

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