The Department of Defense and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) on Thursday released a request for information for the first part of the $7.8 billion Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) contract through the General Services Administration’s IT Schedule 70, with responses due by November 9.

“As part of the overall Enterprise Collaboration and Productivity Services (ECAPS) program, the DoD plans to acquire and implement a secure, seamlessly integrated, commercial, cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering as a replacement for legacy, enterprise information technology (IT) services,” the RFI states. Operating on both the Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) and the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), DEOS is intended to offer collaboration and productivity tools through commercial cloud services.

“The integrated suite of services will be a secure replacement for legacy stove-piped enterprise offerings including, but not limited to enterprise e-mail and content management services,” the RFI states.

DISA has noted that DEOS is not intended to develop new capabilities, but “take the capabilities that are available now, change the way we work to take advantage of these commercial services, and receive all of the upgrades and improvements that industry brings to their commercial customers,” said Dr. Brian Hermann, Chief of the Enterprise Services Development Division at DISA, back in May.

The questions included in the RFI ask vendors about the impact to DoD of using a single award or multiple award strategy for DEOS, and if other contracts outside of Schedule 70 would be needed. The contract calls for vendors to have provisional authorization at impact level 5 as a minimum.

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