GDIT Re-Secures $4.4 Billion DEOS Cloud Contract
The government asserts it determined GDIT would provide the best value.
The General Services Administration (GSA) and the Defense Department reported on October 30 that the $4.4 billion, 10-year Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) had been awarded again to General Dynamics Information Technology.
The original DEOS BPA award in August 2019 was heavily protested. The GSA then amended the solicitation, received and evaluated new quotes and according to the GSA, “made an award to the vendor that was determined to provide the best value to the government.”
The cloud services BPA includes a five-year base period with two, two-year options and a single one-year option. The agencies claim that awarding the BPA to a single team will deliver efficiencies, cost savings and enhanced cybersecurity. “GSA and DOD have made every effort to ensure this process is fair, transparent and equitable,” the announcement stated.
GDIT is partnering with Dell Marketing LP and Minburn Technology Group LLC to provide the government with cloud-based enterprise capabilities, including productivity tools such as word processing and spreadsheets, email, collaboration, file sharing and storage. The intended platform is Microsoft 365 for a DOD Impact Level 5, unclassified, and Impact Level 6, classified cloud operations. The platform is meant to work within the United States and as well as overseas in support of garrison and network-challenged operations.
“DEOS is a key part of the department’s Digital Modernization Strategy and its fit-for-purpose cloud offering will streamline our use of cloud email and collaborative tools while enhancing cybersecurity and information sharing based on standardized needs and market offerings,” said DOD Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy. “The last six months have put enormous pressure on the department to move faster with cloud adoption. All across the department there are demand signals for enterprise wide collaboration and ubiquitous access to information.”
Deasy asserted that the DOD could achieve faster departmentwide adoption of cloud collaboration capabilities by moving forward in a federated manner to the Microsoft 365 Impact Level 5 cloud environment. “This approach required the government team to assume a greater responsibility up front to shape the enterprise standards,” he said. “With the award of DEOS, the department will be able to transfer a significant part of the ongoing technical and management load to the integrator and free up strained resources to execute other priority missions.”