GPO looks to industry for building EA foundation

While the Government Printing Office hopes its search for a vendor to integrate its major Future Digital System will transform how the government collects, stores and distributes information, GPO hopes that another search it just launched will have an even broader impact on the agency.

In a Jan. 31 notice, GPO said it is seeking a contractor that will develop its enterprise architecture which, agency officials anticipate, will serve as the foundation as it transitions to the Digital Age.

'An EA is something this agency needs, and it will be the foundation of GPO's digital needs,' said Mike Wash, GPO's chief technology officer.

At this point, GPO has three major projects that will have a dramatic impact on the agency's mission'FDsys, the $29 million digitization and content management project, a business systems modernization project, and a digital production system, Wash said.

'Ultimately, all of those [projects] will be sitting on top of the foundation of the EA,' Wash added.

Wash said he expects the winning vendor will spend about six months on the contract, meeting with GPO officials, learning about the agency's legacy systems and providing them a path forward. 'The job will be to come in and develop our EA,' Wash said.

Wash could not offer specifics as to how much the contract will cost.

Responses are due March 7.

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