GSA selects VeriSign to manage .gov domain name registry

VeriSign to offer value-added services to agencies

The General Services Administration has selected VeriSign Inc. to operate the domain name registry for the .gov domain, the company said today.

The one-year contract with four one-year options is valued at about $3.3 million.

VeriSign replaces Native Technologies Inc., which formerly held the contract.


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The new contract grants VeriSign the authority to provide designated domain name registration services to federal, state and local governments operating sites under the .gov and fed.us domain names. Those services include help desk assistance and operation of the authoritative .gov Domain Name System servers.

VeriSign will also support the implementation of DNS Security Extensions on .gov and fed.us sites.

The .gov registry is the most popular for the majority of government domains, VeriSign said. Several agencies, such as the U.S. Forest Service, use the fed.us registry.

Mark McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer of VeriSign, said the company’s operational experience and security expertise will help government agencies meet evolving demands.

“In addition to providing GSA the best in industry service to reliably meet its evolving demands, we are prepared to deliver value-added services that the GSA and its customers may require,” McLaughlin said in a statement today.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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