GSA closes in on SmartBuy deal with McAfee

The General Services Administration has asked all agencies to postpone buys from McAfee Inc. for antivirus software, in anticipation of reaching an agreement with the company under the government's SmartBuy enterprise software licensing program.

GSA late last week issued a notice at FedBizOpps.gov that it intends to enter into the agreement with the Santa Clara, Calif., company under SmartBuy.

The listing at the FedBizOpps Web site puts agencies on notice that a deal is imminent and they should refrain from buying McAfee software or renewing current deals with the company. Agencies that can justify continuing with their own deals can apply for waivers, according to a memo posted on the CIO Council's Web site last year.

GSA already has agreements in place with Oracle; ESRI Inc. of Redlands, Calif.; Novell Inc.; Prosight Inc. of Portland, Ore.; Manugistics Group Inc. of Rockville, Md.; and Eyak Technology LLC of Anchorage, Alaska, for WinZip compression software.

The agreement follows the Defense Department's agencywide deal with Symantec Corp. of Cupertino, Calif., for security software. Officials said they were not in negotiations to take this contract governmentwide.

GSA has been working with both major security software vendors for some time, and it seems they finally are close to getting their first one finished.

Jason Miller is an assistant managing editor of Washington Technology's sister publication, Government Computer News.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close

Trending

  • POWER TRAINING: How to engage your customers

    Don't miss our Aug. 2 Washington Technology Power Training session on Mastering Stakeholder Engagement, where you'll learned the critical skills you need to more fully connect with your customers and win more business. Read More

  • PROJECT 38 PODCAST

    In our latest Project 38 Podcast, editor Nick Wakeman interviews Tom Romeo, the leader of Maximus Federal about how it has zoomed up the 2019 Top 100. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.