A new information technology services provider for Pentagon tenants has achieved full operational capability and is now a sub-component of the Defense Information Systems Agency, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.
The Joint Service Provider was established primarily through the consolidation of three IT service organizations in the Pentagon, including the U.S. Army‘s Information Technology Agency, Washington Headquarters Services’ Enterprise Information Technology Services Directorate and the Joint Staff.
The move gives DISA control over funding and personnel that deliver most IT services for the Pentagon and other Defense Department facilities in the National Capital Region, the report stated.
Maj. Gen. Brian Dravis, director of JSP, told Federal News Radio that the consolidation of three major IT providers in the Pentagon helped decrease collective spending and manpower requirements by approximately 33 percent.
JSP said it has saved $31 million during its first full year of operations and the organization expects to achieve $354 million in additional cost savings by 2021.
Savings were also realized through the consolidation of 499 separate Pentagon IT contracts to about 200 agreements, with plans for further reorganization through DISA’s support.
JSP used some savings to deploy new IT services, including a WiFi network that is designed to deliver public internet access to Pentagon visitors as well as facilitate secure connection to DoD’s unclassified network for employees.