GSA wants to add Web searches to FirstGov

The General Services Administration is taking a new approach to FirstGov.gov's search capabilities.

Under a request for quotes issued late last month, GSA intends to award a blanket purchase agreement to three or more vendors for delivery, operation and development of search engine services for FirstGov.

GSA expects to award the potential five-year contract by Sept. 19. The launch date would be no later than Feb. 1, 2006. GSA also expects the winning vendor to add news and image search capabilities by April 2006.

'The government's intent is to replace the current enterprise-based search service with new Web-based search services,' GSA said in a posting on FedBizOpps.gov. GSA added that it 'seeks to leverage existing commercial search services ... rather than acquiring managed IT professional services to which search services are subcontracted.' The prime contractors' main line of business should be Internet search, GSA said. To read the RFQ, go to www.gcn.com and enter 447 in the GCN.com/box.

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