GSA preparing to add more anti-virus vendors to SmartBuy

The General Services Administration this week continued to collect anti-virus software vendors under its enterprise licensing program known as SmartBuy.

The agency issued two notices telling agencies to postpone purchases from Trend Micro Inc. of Cupertino, Calif., and Sophos Inc. of Lynnfield, Mass.

These notices follow two others GSA issued in the last three weeks instructing agencies to delay purchases from Symantec Corp. of Cupertino, Calif., and McAfee Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif.

The listing at the FedBizOpps Web site puts agencies on notice that a deal is imminent and they should refrain from buying Trend Micro or Sophos anti-virus software or renewing current deals with the companies. Agencies that can justify continuing with their own deals can apply for waivers, according to a memo posted on the CIO Council's Web site last year.

Trend Micro is ranked No. 24 among GSA's top 25 software vendors across government, while Sophos did not make the list. Sophos' federal customers have included the White House, the CIA and Fort Meade, Md., home of the National Security Agency.

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