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Jim Piche: GSA to Issue Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation-as-a-Service Task Orders by August

cyberThe General Services Administration plans to award the next set of task orders under the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program in an effort to provide 41 small agencies access to cybersecurity services through cloud-based shared services, FCW reported Wednesday.

Mark Rockwell writes Jim Piche, group manager of GSA’s federal systems integration and management center, told attendees at an FCW-hosted event that GSA will issue CDM-as-a-service task orders by August.

Piche said GSA also plans to award task orders for privilege management under the CDM program’s second phase later this year, while identity management task orders will be “up for bid any moment now.”

Jim Quinn, lead system engineer for the CDM program management office at DHS, told FCW that DHS has started to consider plans to launch CDM’s Phase 4 that will focus on data protection on federal networks.

Jason Miller also reported for Federal News Radio that GSA and DHS have begun to collaborate with the Office of Management and Budget to restructure the CDM program.

The agencies’ move seeks to address the challenges associated with the adoption of a blanket purchase agreement for the five-year, $6 billion CDM program, including the lack of flexibility in the procurement of cyber products and services and failure to consider the agencies’ long-term maintenance and operations requirements, according to the report.

Piche said he expects GSA and DHS to unveil the new structure of the program by late summer of 2016, Miller reports.

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