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Jim Piche: DHS, GSA Prepare for 2nd Phase of $6B Continuous Monitoring Program

cybersecurityThe Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration plan to award six contracts under phase two of a government-wide continuous monitoring and diagnostics initiative, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jason Miller writes federal agencies have been divided into six groups for CDM Task Order 2, with each group having similar mission, cybersecurity and infrastructure needs.

“Phase one is really focused on the end point integrity, so putting sensors out there to focus on the software, to focus on the hardware and to focus on the configurations of those products in the network to identify what their vulnerabilities are,” Jim Piche, a GSA group manager, told the radio station.

“So Task Order 2 is deploying that initial baseline capability to all of these agencies to raise the cyber awareness and critical protection of the dot-gov agencies,” Piche added, according to the station.

Miller reports that GSA could seek bids on the first of six Phase 2 task orders this month and release the second order in late August.

Piche told the station that GSA will pick one awardee for each contract and that companies holding spots on the potential $6 billion CDM program will have a chance to compete on all six contracts.

“We believe that the blanket purchase agreement holders will be choosing which groups to bid on based on a couple of different factors,” Piche added, according to Miller’s article.

“One is where they have existing footprint, where they have existing relationships and where they have some initial understanding of the technology.”

“The other factor in that is BPA holders will bid where they think they will win.”

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