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Agencies Seek Greater Cyber Commitment Through Ongoing Acquisition Programs

cybersecurityThe General Services Administration and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security aim to help strengthen the cybersecurity of federal information technology assets through their acquisition vehicles, the E-Commerce Times reported Monday.

John Higgins writes DHS issued a request for proposals on a potential $395 million contract that will cover IT protection, monitoring and intrusion detection services.

The department has met with interested vendors to discuss the program and will accept responses to the RFP through May 13, Higgins reports.

The report said multiple vendors won spots on a potential $5 billion contract vehicle to help build cybersecurity and information systems management tools for the DoD.

The U.S. Air Force chose six small-business winners for the initiative in October and selected an additional 10 contractors earlier this month to bid on the program’s full-and-open track.

E-Commerce Times quoted Robin Portman, an executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, as saying the company seeks to provide cybersecurity analysis and management platforms to DoD under the $5-billion acquisition vehicle.

Higgins reports GSA seeks ideas from vendors on how the agency can accelerate the federal process for acquiring IT security technologies and services and plans to use collected input to create new contracting vehicles.

The agency’s FASt Lane procurement system has helped several cybersecurity vendors qualify and win spots on the IT Schedule 70 program, according to Higgins.

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