Booz Allen scores second CDM DEFEND cyber win

Awarded $1B 'Group D' order

Booz Allen Hamilton has won a potential six-year, $1.03 billion task order to help six federal agencies implement new cybersecurity tools and services under the government-wide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation initiative.

This is Booz Allen's second award under the larger $3.4 billion CDM DEFEND program run by the Department of Homeland Security with support from the General Services Administration that aims to reduce overall threat vulnerabilities in civilian ".gov" networks.

CDM DEFEND is an acquisition strategy developed to replace the current CDM monitoring-as-a-service agreement that expires in August.

GSA awarded the new order to Booz Allen on July 24 for an initial base year followed by five option years through to April 2024, according to the Federal Procurement Data System that tracks contracting obligations. Booz Allen representatives declined to offer additional comment beyond that award notice.

This new order is for so-called "Group D" agencies: the departments of Health and Human Services and the Treasury, General Services Administration, NASA, Postal Service and Social Security Administration.

GSA and DHS broke up CDM DEFEND into six task orders for different groups of agencies and all awards are made against the Alliant 1 Unrestricted contract vehicle.

In addition to Group D, Booz Allen also holds the $621 million Group B task order won in February. That covers the departments of Agriculture, Energy, Interior Transportation and Veterans Affairs; Office of Personnel Management, and Executive Office of the President including the Office of Management and Budget.

CGI Federal earlier this month won the almost $500 million Group C order that covers the departments of Commerce, Justice, Labor and State; plus the U.S. Agency for International Development.

CACI International in April took the $407 million Group A order for services to DHS. The $668.7 million Group E award to ManTech International was protested by Perspecta and a Government Accountability Office decision on that is due by Oct. 10.

Agencies that fall under Group E are the departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development. Others covered under that order include the Environmental Protection Agency, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Science Foundation and Small Business Administration.

A solicitation for the Group F order is still pending, according to Deltek data.

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