GSA plans new cloud BPA for all levels of government
- By Chris Riotta
- May 14, 2021
Responding to the surge in telework and corresponding demand for cloud services, the General Services Administration is considering a multiple-award blanket purchase agreement that would make cloud infrastructure, storage, software and services available to federal agencies and state, local and tribal governments.
The agency is conducting market research, asking for comments on developing an enterprisewide cloud-based acquisition strategy to deliver pay-as-you-go services from cloud service providers.
In a May 13 statement released on Thursday, GSA IT Category Deputy Assistant Commissioner Keith Nakasone said the top request his office receives from various agencies is for an acquisition solution that offers "a full set of commercial, secure, soup-to-nuts, cloud products and services."
"We think now is the right time to make it happen," he added.
The announcement states that the acquisition vehicle will support the replacement of legacy IT systems with "secure, seamlessly integrated, commercial cloud service offerings" from multiple providers.
“The timeliness and universality of this requirement by government and agencies at all levels is crucial in pivoting towards a prepared, flexible, agile and modernized future,” GSA officials said.
Comments are due May 24.
This article was first posted to FCW, a sibling site to GCN.
Chris Riotta is a staff writer at FCW covering government procurement and technology policy. Chris joined FCW after covering U.S. politics for three years at The Independent. He earned his master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he served as 2021 class president.