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GSA Looks at New Cloud Services Acquisition Model

CloudThe General Services Administration is assessing a brokerage concept as an alternative for federal agencies to acquire cloud-based services, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jason Miller writes GSA hopes to acquire cloud brokerage services this summer and complete the proof-of-concept this year as the Department of Homeland Security and another unnamed agency have already subscribed to the service.

Mark Day, GSA’s director of strategic programs in the Federal Acquisition Service, toldFederal News Radio the pilot program is intended to help GSA determine performance of a cloud brokerage model, the model’s ability to fulfill customers’ requirements and the service’s operational costs.

Day also told the station that the agency wants a platform to operate the cloud service on during its proof-of-concept phase.

Miller writes another 20 agencies such as the departments of Health and Human Services and Justice, as well as NASA have expressed interest in the model.

The Defense Information Systems Agency also intends to evaluate this concept for the Defense Department, Miller reports.

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