In a world where technology changes the way we live and work nearly every day, ensuring that our government’s IT networks are secure is one of the our most important priorities. Earlier this week, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) assisted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in reaching blanket purchase agreements (BPAs) with 17 contract teams to provide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) cybersecurity products and services to agencies at every level of government throughout the country. These BPAs will be managed through the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM), an Assisted Acquisition Services and within the Federal Acquisition Service of GSA.
This is an example of the kind of critical services that GSA offers our partners by leveraging the scale and the scope of the federal government. GSA is able to provide comprehensive services to our partner agencies, pooling their needs and resources to achieve better prices and greater savings.
The CDM program will help defend government IT networks from cybersecurity threats by providing continuous monitoring sensors, diagnosis, mitigation tools and Continuous Monitoring as a Service (CMaaS) to strengthen government network security. GSA will work with DHS to oversee procurement, operation and maintenance of the electronic diagnostic sensors that will be used to detect cyber intrusions, as well as the collection and analysis of data.
A reporting mechanism similar to those used by the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative was built into the BPAs, with quarterly reporting of sales, to track usage and to ensure volume discounts are achieved by all users of the BPAs over the life of the Program. Customers can order directly from the BPAs with approval from the GSA contracting officer. GSA will also assist our partner agencies in ordering against these agreements.
GSA is proud of the value and services we provide the federal government and across the nation. These BPAs are in a position to offer significant savings and we look forward to finding new ways to help our partners throughout the government.
For more information about these CDM BPAs, visit www.gsa.gov/cdm