GSA plans to split $250M IT contract

The General Services Administration is considering splitting a small-business contract that brought in $250 million so far but they are trying to figure out what the follow-on contracts should look like, according to a new announcement.

The first GSA IT Infrastructure Technology Global Operations (GITGO) contract was awarded to Catapult Technology in 2007, and the contract ends in April 2012. With that deadline, GSA anticipates awarding the follow-on task orders during the second quarter of fiscal 2012, according to a request for information released June 24. Read the notice.

The GITGO contract has netted $250 million in revenue for Catapult, according to data from Deltek Input.

The scope of the coming requests for proposal would establish efficient managed support of GSA’s IT infrastructure services. At this point though, GSA wants ideas from industry on how to set up orders to match those needs.

GSA plans two separate acquisitions. The task order to get the necessary capability is called GSA Technical Operations, and the order to help manage the global effort is the GSA Independent Program Oversight and Assistance task order.

A lot has changed at GSA since 2007. Now, a third of GSA’s employees telework, increasing to almost half of them at times. Officials are developing a cloud computing-based e-mail and collaboration system. The agency has started, or is considering, more software, infrastructure, and platform as services in offices. It is also expanding the IT network, and it expects it to grow in importance as more buildings require these types of complex networks.

GSA officials also characterize one of their objectives for operations as “A3 — anytime, anywhere, any device." They want more transformation by the increased use of real-time and team-based collaboration tools.

“These changes have made the complex and sophisticated telecommunications infrastructure increasingly vital to agency operations at every level,” the RFI states. “The traditional divisions between telecommunications and IT support are coalescing into an integrated infrastructure.”

In laying out its initial wishes, GSA wants services that adapt quickly with the advances in IT, particularly with greater coverage at remote sites. The agency also wants closer management with assured security and also a distinction between contractor and federal employees in order to have clear accountability regarding the duties they're assigned to.

About the Author

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

Reader Comments

Tue, Jun 28, 2011 Don C BWI

GSa should split the contract by telecom, computer security, computer sciences services. This is the logical split based on what customers need. They have done this before when i worked there from 1990-97 so it is not new.

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