HSPD-12 shared-services solicitation expanded

The General Services Administration has added a new milestone to the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 shared-services request for proposals and is working on an agreement for agencies to obtain services once they are set up.

Mike Butler, who is working on HSPD-12 operational issues while on detail to GSA from the Defense Department, said the memorandum of understanding would ask agencies to assign registrars, train them to issue cards and commit funding to buy the services. Butler expects the MOU to be finalized in the 'next couple of weeks.'

As for the RFP, vendors now must deploy up to 60 enrollment stations per month to federal buildings nationwide from January to October 2007.

GSA expects about 450 enrollment stations'300 fixed and 150 mobile'will be needed to help the government meet the presidential mandate.

GSA updated its requirements in a number of areas under an amendment to the RFP issued earlier this month.

GSA, which released the RFP in conjunction with the Agriculture Department, also pushed the response date back to today from July 12.

Butler said the agency would like to make the award no later than Aug. 17.

The fixed-price contract also would be extended to September 2011 under three option periods for continued operations and support, the RFP said.

The original solicitation did not have option periods beyond January 2007.

Butler said the Office of Management and Budget is surveying agencies on their plans to use the shared-services provider or implement a compliant system on their own.

GSA also is now asking the winning vendor to successfully demonstrate the enrollment system in a test environment in 14 days instead of 20 days, and has substituted Atlanta for Baltimore in the list of four cities for the initial implementation.

At one of the four sites the vendor must implement at least one mobile enrollment station. The mobile stations should be in a 'ruggedized suitcase' that weighs no more than 40 pounds.

GSA is asking vendors to have 'near real-time interfaces' for all four human resources Lines of Business shared-services providers. The solicitation previously asked the vendor to integrate with a minimum of two HR LOB providers.

'A standard interface shall be required to accept direct feeds from government's HR LOB systems,' the RFP said. 'These feeds will transmit in real-time or batch-mode personnel identity, employment status and personal-identity verification card requirement information from the HR LOB systems to the HSPD-12 system.'

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